Why Beautiful Places Are The Hardest To Paint

There's a moment in every painting when you have a choice. A choice to carry on or move on. You’ve put in hours of thought, sketches, colour studies, and laid out the first marks on the canvas. You’re now fully invested in the painting in front of you, but for some reason, something just isn’t... Continue Reading →

Photo Blog: Wildlife of Chile and Patagonia

It's World Wildlife Day, a day that fills me with joy and where I dig out all my favourite Attenborough documentaries. The natural world is extraordinary seen through the lens of a film camera, but it's even more extraordinary when you can witness it first hand. Having been to plenty of zoos and wildlife parks... Continue Reading →

Back To Patagonia

I’m afraid this is a slightly misleading blog post title. I’m not heading back to Patagonia any time soon, though of course I would love to. It’s been almost a year and a half since I headed out into the wilderness on my honeymoon, and quite a lot has changed since then. More importantly, my... Continue Reading →

Cosmic Thoughts – Strange Worlds

Looking out over the vast expand of flat flood-plain, you’d be forgiven for thinking that someone had turned the colours off. Grey, stretching in all directions like spilled ashes. The ground is a vast expanse of charcoal, permeated by a fine dusting of frost that just occasionally catches in the light as it tries to... Continue Reading →

Art Diaries: Chilean Wildlife

Today I decided to do some quick and loose sketches of Chilean wildlife from my trip. Sketching in watercolour is great fun: it loosens up the wrists and allows you to create a quick impression of what it is your painting. There were several amazing wildlife spots that we stumbled upon. Of course, if you... Continue Reading →

Variations on a Grey

Hi there, it's still sweltering over here in sunny Malta, so getting stuck in to painting frosty scenes and tiny icebergs feels a big ironic. I'll talk about life in Santiago in my next post, but first I had to share with you the first of my Patagonia-inspired paintings. I'm planning a little series of... Continue Reading →

Surviving Winter In Patagonia

When home is a beautiful 35 degrees C during July, travelling to the other side of the world when it’s in the depths of winter probably isn’t the best idea. It was quite possibly a crazy idea to honeymoon in the southern hemisphere in the grip of winter. But the Fates (teachers’ working hours) decided... Continue Reading →

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