My latest incarnation in the 'Abstract Vector Impressionism' series of 'Music Icons'
Welcome to my ‘traditional paintings’ gallery, here you can see a selection of my paintings on canvas and on panel. Some of the paintings here have their own story to tell, take ‘In Good Company’ for example, apart for being the escort ship to the Royal Yacht Britannia for the 1993 Battle of the Atlantic Commemorations (B93) which were held on the River Mersey in Liverpool, HMS Cornwall was also at the centre of an International incident in 2007. Click on an image below to see an enlarged version of the image then scroll to the next image.
CG (Computer Generated) digital paintings
In this gallery you can see examples of my CG (computer generated) digital paintings. I started experimenting with digital painting years ago. There is a learning curve that comes with this medium, not least of which is learning 'hand eye' co-ordination using a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet and a stylus (pen). How it works is this, you look at your monitor screen while you are working on a painting or drawing, while, at the same time you are actually drawing on the tablet with a stylus…it's tricky at first but you don't notice after a short time as it becomes natural to you. I stopped painting digitally when I tried to enter them into art competitions and exhibitions…"digital paintings not allowed" they said. Another reason is you do not have a 'hard' copy of your painting when it is finished as you have with an oil painting or watercolour etc. your digital paintings are stored inside your computer. Another important factor was the cost of printing artwork onto canvas, it is an expensive process but most importantly, you absolutely need to find the right people who can do the job such as fine art printers who specialise in this process, not to do so can prove to be disappointing and costly. Now I work directly on to a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD (46.5 x 77cm), owning a Wacom Cintiq has been on my bucket list for years, it is an amazing piece of kit, now I can draw and paint directly onto the screen, but I use it primarily for planning and creating ideas for my none digital artwork such as my AVI paintings
En Plein Air
This is my En Plein Air paintings gallery, the paintings you see here were painted on location in and around the area where I live in Sefton on Merseyside with the exception of FSC Preston Montford Hall Field Study Centre in Shrewsbury, I painted this as a demonstration piece for a group of students on a weekend painting workshop I was running at the centre which was organised by The Artists & Illustrators Magazine The Artists & Illustrators Magazine. The plein air approach was pioneered by John Constable in Britain c.1813–1, but from about 1860 it became fundamental to impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes).
Graphite / Charcoal
In this gallery you see will samples of my graphite and charcoal drawings. I use Saunders Waterford and Arches Full Imperial (76.2x55.9 cm) 140lbs Hot Press watercolour paper for my graphite and charcoal drawings, although, for 'Master Wood Carver Bernard Blackburn' I used CS10 board, apparently, this superb illustration board is no longer used these days. From time to time, I will be adding more content to this gallery
On this page you can see samples of demonstration paintings which were painted for art clubs, art societies, small businesses and including painting workshops around the North West and Central parts of the UK and North Wales. Painting demonstrations are usually two hours long unless you have a workshop directly after the demonstration which could be another two or three hours long.
See Artwork on Walls
Checkout this page to see art from this website framed up and on living room walls, hopefully they will give you ideas.
Fine Art Giclee Prints
A brief history of giclée printing /archival pigment prints Giclee prints are often known in exhibitions as archival pigment prints, this term is increasingly becoming the standard term used in the art world. The word Giclée ("gee-clay"), is based on the French verb gicler which means "to squirt or spray” and was originally coined by printmaker Jack Duganne in 1991. Giclée printing is a fine art digital printing method using specialist archival pigment inks and acid-free papers; creating gallery-quality inkjet prints with excellent depth of colour, longevity and stability. The print process involves squirting microscopic dots of pigment ink onto high-quality fine art or photographic papers using sophisticated high-end inkjet printers with exceptional accuracy, wide tonal range and colour gamut. Studies have shown that Giclee Prints colour vividness can last in excess of 200 years with tests by independent bodies such as Wilhelm Research and printer manufacturers such as Epson. This gives assurance to collectors and art buyers of this type of printing method.