Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants Christmas Fayre!



Jane Ray and I will be selling our new cards in aid of Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants at the Fayre on Friday - see poster for details...

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Portobello Road shop




The top picture is the latest commission from Enstar Capital. I enjoy getting the chance to paint these ice-cream coloured Notting Hill shops...

Monday, 28 October 2013

Cadsden House

Latest house portrait commission... The owner found me through the We Make London shop: http://www.wemakelondon.co.uk/index.html. Come along to its little treasure trove in Camden Lock West Market...

Monday, 7 October 2013

New Mexico House Portrait

New Mexico family home, commissioned by dear friend of the couple as a Thank You present...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Chepstow Villas


Two more house portraits: the top one to celebrate the owner's 90th birthday, the lower one, a young couple's marriage...

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Anniversary painting

House portrait for parents' wedding anniversary from their 3 sons: the house they've all grown up in.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Southwold House

Did this one recently as a surprise present for owner's 70th birthday from his son's family...

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Rosemary Vercoe's costume designs






Just a tiny selection of the pile of Rosemary's designs that are in folders at our house. Am making prints of them which will be at We Make London shop at West Yard, Camden Market and my stalls - Angel Canal Festival on Sun 1st Sept, 11.00 - 5.00, and Gillespie Park Festival, Sun 8th Sept, 1.00 - 5.00.

Latest portrait

I think the last time I did a commissioned portrait, I vowed never to do another one. But here we are.  Will maybe stick to houses and other illustration work as do usually nearly lose the will to live when doing portraits!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Latest FJH pictures















a few of the vignettes have just completed for 3 more books for the US music publisher, FJH. Sadly for me, after 3 years and 17 books, these were probably the last in the series. It was fun doing them!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Notting Hill Gate

Another building portrait - this time of the Lloyds Bank at Notting Hill Gate, for it's owners, Enstar Capital.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Hampstead House Portrait

The latest of my house 'portraits'. Had been calling them 'house paintings' but that seems to more often mean slapping the Dulux (or Farrow and Ball in certain areas) on...

Thursday, 30 May 2013

You Win Some, You Lose Some...

Initial request was 'umpire saying "out"', subsequent pics are attempts to get 'essence' of subject...





Oh dear. All you fine art folk, keep just doing your own inspired pics and never attempt a commission. This was a request from a cricket club, as a present for a retiring umpire. Most of my commissions go smoothly enough - the odd tweak here or there, but I spent hours/days/felt-like-months on this face - all for it to be turned down in the end (I hadn't got the essence of him, apparently). They offered to pay for materials, but that's the very least part of a cost. I said 'let's just put it down to experience'...

Monday, 20 May 2013

New Tune Time classes for Louise

The wonderful musician, Louise Loft, is running new classes on Tuesdays - see the poster I designed for her for details. Any toddlers (+ their carers) very welcome!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Late Wedding Present...

My cousin's daughter Olivia married my childhood friend Dominic a few years ago and I promised to paint their home for them. Matilda and Daphne have joined them since, and the family have just left this house, but I'm finally ready to give them their wedding present...

Thursday, 18 April 2013

TUNE TIME!

My lovely friend Louise runs these music classes for little squeekers at the wonderful, hospitable Canonbury pub. I've watched her do them and I want to join in myself, and I'm not a toddler any more! See poster for details...