Field Notes (blogs and vlogs)

Field Notes and Sketchbooks

I love to share my thoughts and ideas with you all. You can find my most recent blogs and sketchbooks here.

Whilst I would like to say I blog regularly, the constriction of doing something regularly just takes the fun away. However, I love to share my thoughts and ideas and recently this is taking form as vlog posts which I call 'Friday Chats'.

Being a painter is quite a solitary life and I use social media a lot to engage with my audience. So this is a section to have some blogs and also random thoughts, musings, little experiments and what nots.

Most recent blog

Energy and spirit

‘Place Palettes’ are something I use all the time.  I posted a couple recently on my social media sites. Usually I only post the sketch or finished work, but this time I wanted to show where I really start from. My work indicates a mood and a place and so does not need to look representational.  In fact I don’t seek to paint what is there; I seek to honour the energy and spirit of an environment.

My work usually starts out in the natural environment.  I sketch a lot in situ and then use these as reference when back in the studio. ‘Place Palettes’ are a little snapshot of the environment at a moment in time.  You can visit the same spot and the ‘place palette’ will vary as the flora and fauna change.

People often use the place palette to capture the natural colours of the place. From that, they may match them up to paint colours on a piece of paper to take home and use as reference when painting.

My ‘Place Palettes’ are different.  I gather elements of the environment together and leave them there as a little offering.  It is my way of working with the landscape to help me to take inspiration.

Just changing perspective

Taking time out from the daily grind is important for us all. However sometimes I think just being in a different location is as good as a rest. I’ve been taking some family time in Wales this week and really enjoyed being away from the studio and painting in the Wales landscape and forest. Sometimes… Read more »


Working through my process backwards

Recently I have been asked to under take a commission. In general I don’t do commissions. Especially commissions where I am requested to recreate another work like one of my previous paintings. My process is not formulaic at all. I do not aim to create representational works of a particular place. More a sense of… Read more »


The process of abstraction

It is interesting that we like to put labels on things. I was talking to a friend recently about my work. She asked me where the painting location was – where was the landscape I had painted. She wanted to name it; and expected the work to reflect the name of location. It made me… Read more »


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