Second ‘sport-themed’ piece – “The Tactician and The Magician”…

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THE TACTICIAN AND THE MAGICIAN - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the remarkable Luis Suarez, in b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (MAR/APR 2014)

After Luis Suarez scored his third hat-trick of the season in yesterday’s 6-3 win away to Cardiff, it’s time I payed homage to both him and his manager Brendan Rodgers, both of whom are responsible for the rapid improvement in Liverpool’s performances/results this season. The reason I chose this photo is because it captures Brendan’s… Read more »

One for me – “My Fair Lady”

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MY FAIR LADY - I had to paint an Audrey Hepburn piece for myself after thoroughly enjoying painting the commissioned "Audrey" piece last time. Again it's in b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (MAR 2014) SOLD at Galleria, Rainhill for £180.00 in Dec '15

I’ve become slightly emphatuated with Audrey Hepburn since my last commission, so I am going to paint a portrait of her for myself next. Another, less-common picture…                                                 (01/03/14) 25 min sketch… Read more »

Another commissioned piece, “Audrey”, stage by stage…

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AUDREY - commissioned piece for a friend's mums birthday. Audrey Hepburn, done from a rather obscure photo, in standard b&w acrylic on 18" x 14" box canvas (FEB 2014) SOLD

Having been asked to do a painting of the very iconic Audrey Hepburn, I’ve selected this photograph to work from. I love her coy little smile and also the way the background is out of focus (making Audrey the centre of attention), similar to the “Gatsby” painting I recently completed. I’m really looking forward to… Read more »

“Jokerman” in progress…

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JOKERMAN - Heath Ledger as 'The Joker' from "The Dark Knight", commissioned piece done in b&w acrylic on an 18" x 14" box canvas (JAN 2014) SOLD

(05/01/14) Basic sketch done in 15 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…               (06/01/14) 45 mins done this morning and really coming on quick…               (07/01/14) Unhappy how this hours session has resulted, if I’m honest. Not enough likeness yet…        … Read more »

“Gatsby” in progress…

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GATSBY - standard b&w acyrlic on 18" x 14" box canvas, Leonardo Di Caprio in iconic scene from "The Great Gatsby" (JAN 2014)

(05/01/14) Basic sketch taking 10 mins, 18″ x 14″ canvas…               (06/01/14) 30 mins of throwing down the base colours…               (06/01/14) Another 30 mins today, shaping and shading…               (07/01/14) An hour done this morning. Gettin… Read more »

2014 begins, working on two pieces at once…

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The photo on the left of Leonardo Di Caprio in “The Great Gatsby” is what I shall be working from, as an experiment on capturing expression, of which his is fantastic in this picture. The photo on the right is of Heath Ledger as ‘The Joker’ from Batman, and I shall be painting this as… Read more »

Merry Christmas :)

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Amongst all of the nice gifts I received from loved ones today, I got these two great presents… I’m sure they will both be inspiring and educational and it should be interesting to see if, and how, my style evolves after reading and studying the techniques in the one book and appreciating the masterpieces in… Read more »

Next up…”Papa Burgundy”!

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PAPA BURGUNDY - Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) from the original Anchorman movie, in black and white acrylic on a 16" x 12" canvas (DEC 2013)

With the imminent release of Anchorman 2 this month I can think of nobody better to paint than the legend himself, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). I’m really looking forward to starting this one tonight, particularly because the image I have chosen has a lot of background detail which most of my previous pieces have lacked…. Read more »

“Creep” in progress

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CREEP - Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke in b&w acrylic on 16" x 12" canvas (DEC 2013)

Been listening to a few of my old musical influences lately, one of which being Radiohead, so I’ve decided to paint Thom Yorke (as he looked during Radiohead’s peak because when I searched for images it scared me how much he has aged, the beard and long straggly hair don’t do him any favours!)  … Read more »