Saturday, 4 August 2012

Latitude Sketchbook

We went to the Latitude festival in Suffolk last month and had a quite splendid weekend. I managed to fill half an A6 sketchbook with pen drawings of bands and other performers. Here's a selection . . .

Fatoumata Diawara in the Word Arena

Jeremy Deller Q and A session, Film and Music Arena...

Dawes in the I (as in the newspaper...) Arena

Howler, again in the I Arena

Seye and band on the Lake Stage

...and on his own.

Lana del Rey in the Word Arena

Rob Auton in the Poetry Arena

Dingus Khan on the Lake Stage

Lianne La Havas in the Word Arena

Esperanza Spalding and band in the Obelisk Arena...

...and Richard Hawley in the same place

Los Campesinos! on the Lake Stage

Richard Marsh in the Poetry Arena

Tina C and Sun of Cash in the Outdoor Theatre

Alabama Shakes in the Obelisk Arena

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in the Obelisk Arena

Benjamin Zephaniah in the Poetry Arena

....and again

Paul Weller in the Obelisk Arena


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Jubilee Window

Another back-to-front painting on the bay window, this time to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The splendid design is just copied off an old Oxo tin from the 1953 Coronation (which we've put in the window too) that I saw at our friends' house a couple of years ago, and thought I'd like to do something with one day.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Southwold murals old and new.

In 2003 Tim painted a 8' x 12' mural on the end wall of the house adjacent to our friends' place in Southwold. Building work and damp problems over the years resulted in rerendering the wall and the mural disappeared. A new one was commissioned (this time on an interior wall) and is currently a work in progress.
The first mural was painted with masonry paint tinted with tester pots, and was inspired by the look of old railway posters. The new one is based on a pen and watercolour sketch of a similar view of Blackshore, with Southwold beyond, from the Walberswick side of the River Blyth. It's blown up to about seven feet wide and is painted in acrylics, trying to keep the spontaneous look of the original. Take a look at the March 2012 blogs to see another mural painted using the same method.
The pictures below show the old outside mural soon after it was painted, then the watercolour sketch the new one is based on, and finally the new one - so far, just painted lines.

Monday, 30 April 2012

New commissions: Lady Daphne and Across to Old Hall:

Here are a couple of recent local landscape commissions. 
Lady Daphne off Tollesbury shows the famous Thames barge sailing up Tollesbury Fleet to The Ship Ahoy, which (in an alternative reality) is still  a busy pub out on the marsh and Across to Old Hall: High Water shows the view across the flooded field at a very high tide.

Lady Daphne off Tollesbury
Acrylic on canvas  40" x 30"

Across to Old Hall: High Water
Acrylic on canvas  16" x 12"

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Hazeleigh Wood pen and inks

These are three A4 pen and watercolour studies from Hazeleigh Wood last autumn - two show the charcoal kiln in action and the third a view through the trees from one of the many paths.
All three are for sale, framed, at £120 each.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Watercolour landscapes/ hand-made paper

These are of couple of Julie's paper cut-outs turned back into watercolours, but still keeping the crisp edges and bright colours that using cut paper allows. They're painted on some of Charles Bran's hand-made paper, which he makes from all manner of plants and leaves - honeysuckle, bramble, seaweed and more. Take a look at his interesting website,

Tollesbury: high water

The current new painting in the studio window shows the view at high tide, on a strangely warm January day, from the old sea wall, looking towards the lightship, boatyards and sail lofts.  

Tollesbury: high water
Acrylic on canvas  30" x 15"

Monday, 12 March 2012

Paper cut-out landscapes cards for sale

As mentioned on the Paper Cut-Out Landscapes page, we've now got a fine selection of postcards, greetings cards and sets of note cards for sale at the studio and also at The Loft.
Here are a couple of pictures of (almost all) the full range. The lower one also shows a couple of  Julie's original paper cut-outs mounted and framed.

Etta James window

We had a memorial to the great Etta James in our window for a couple of weeks, after she passed away in January. It's just a simple line drawing - like the linear portraits - in acrylics on the inside of the glass.
The photo on the left is from the outside looking in to the studio, while the grainy one on the right is from the inside looking out, as the winter sun is setting.

Pen and watercolour mural

This photo shows the end wall of our studio with a new mural idea. It's taken from a sketch of the view from the breached sea wall over the saltmarsh to Old Hall Farm.  Originally A6, it's been blown up to 60" x 40" and painted as accurately as possible directly onto the wall in acrylics, so it still looks like pen and watercolour.
Take a look on the 'Paintings for Sale' page too for another couple of sketchbook pages blown up and painted onto other surfaces.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Christmas Window

Here's a picture of our window over Christmas 2011 - a version of Caravaggio's splendid Adoration of the Shepherds. This one's painted back-to-front in acrylics on the inside of the glass.