I’ve had a few studio sessions recently and have been attempting to work up a couple of the allotment studies to a slightly bigger scale (nothing too big mind!). Here is another location study, 10×8 in, done about 3 weeks ago down at Wing allotments (not a great photo but gives an idea).


Sunshine and smoke, Wing allotments – 10x8in, oil on board
I love all the random jumble of allotments and trying to make some visual sense of it all. There are so many ‘props’ to work with, coloured netting, plastic sheets, sheds, canes, tubs…and that’s before you even get to the plants! There was a chap with a red jumper just pottering around which brought a nice note of colour. In the distance someone had a bonfire which often happens on allotments. The problem is I usually choose a pitch that’s downwind from the smoke and this time was no exception. Still, worth putting up with if you don’t end up coming home with a ‘wiper’. I wasn’t sure whether to put the smoke in as it was already quite a busy subject but I couldn’t resist and I think it adds to the story of the scene.

I’m currently showing 11 plein air paintings with the Plein Air Brotherhood as part of our annual exhibition being held A&K Wilson gallery in Harpenden. The exhibition runs until the end of October and a few of the artists headed down to the Harpenden for a spot of plein air action last Saturday (6th). This week it’s the opening of the RSMA annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in which I’ve got two paintings on show. Looking forward to seeing the show and meeting artists/friends at the private view.

After that attention will turn to ROI submissions as the hand in date fast approaches! Then there’s the Venice trip to look forward to….very excited about that :)

A few of my paintings currently on show in Harpenden….

Old Harry and his wife, Dorset – 8x16in, oil on board


Storm Brewing – 5x7in, oil on board (sold)


Towards Pendeen lighthouse from Levant – 10x13in, oil on board


Enys, Pendeen – 10x12in, oil on board


Warm haze, Emberton – 5x10in, oil on board


Gates of Trinity, Oxford – 10x13in, oil on board (sold)
Some action shots from the Harpenden….
Some of the crew – Adebanj Alade, muggins, Karl Terry and Roy Connelly


Karl Terry with one of his gems


Roy Connelly takes a fancy to the local chip shop
Finally, I would just like to say a few words in tribute to my Uncle Nigel who very sadly passed away recently. It was a huge and terrible shock to the family. He was a kind and loving uncle to me and took an active interest in my painting. I was so chuffed that he not only enjoyed but keenly followed my work and that he got a real pleasure from having my paintings on his wall, particularly my painting of Trebarwith Strand. We both shared a love of Cornwall! It means a lot to know that your work touches people, especially more so when it’s a member of the family.