A4. (29.7 X 21 cm.) Oil on board.

An hour by the docks.


Street in Vegueta

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Two beach sketches
 (both A4, oil on board)

and a view of a fountain at Plaza del Espiritu Santo:
 Oil on canvas panel. 35 X 25 cm 


Light shades

29.7 X 21 cm. (A4) Oil on board.

Another early dawn painting.
 I must remember to keep the time in mind. I got a bit too relaxed this morning (I was tired) and suddenly noticed the light was rapidly changing!


From the Park.

29.7 X 21 cm (A4) Oil on board.


Cliff Shacks

297 X 210 mm (A4). Oil on board.


Dawn Caravel

21 X 29.7 cm (A4) Oil on board.

This is a full size replica of Columbus' ship La NiƱa near Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas.
The dawn flies were gnawing at my shins like crazy.


Low Tide

21 X 29.7 cm (A4). Oil on board.

I just managed to finish this before the waves started rummaging through my bag.


Tug Boat Line

30 X 42 cm. Oil on board.

It gets windy down by the port at times, so straight lines involve holding onto the board with one hand.
Boats move too. This front one was being shunted by a smaller tug to try and knock one of its buffer tyres back into position, I began to paint the smaller boat but it left fairly early on.


Palms at Parque Doramas, Las Palmas.

25 X 19 cm. Oil on board.


Ship by the slipway.

25 X 19 cm. Oil on panel.

 This ship looked like it had had a number of battles with harbour walls in it's time.


Boats on the Beach (nocturne)

30 X 24 cm. Oil on canvas panel.

This is my second ever nocturne.
 In a way that seems odd, because they're fun, and the light doesn't change.
 Theoretically I could spend all night on the same scene.
 That luxury isn't there in the daytime.


30 X 24 cm. Oil on canvas board.

Hopefully she wasn't as bored as she looks here.
This is my 3rd portrait attempt. I feel I am improving, but looking forward to trying another.


It started to (lightly) rain when I started this, but I still ended up a little sun-burnt.
 I am so fair skinned I tan best on thick cloudy days.

Highway Palms.

21 X 29.7 cm (A4). Oil on board.

Below is one from a while back that I started, but we were then asked to leave as the place was closing.
 Since then my wife stuck some torn-up (antique) photo's
 onto it that we found on the road.

 It's a nice scene though, I may go back to repaint it at a better time.

Museo Nestor, Pueblo Canaria

Size: A3. Oil on board.


Two sketches from yesterday.
 I got a bit sunburned painting the cargo ship, stood out in the open.
Calle Padre Cueto. Las Canteras.

Size: A4. Oil on board

Cargo Ship.

Size: A4. Oil on board

Also, below is one of a few larger paintings I've been working on.
 It's weekend work only, so has taken longer than I expected already.

It's also been a little difficult as the room is only two and a half times larger than the canvas.
 Standing back to judge it whilst working is a little difficult.
 I'd love a studio!
Still work in progress.

Plaza Hurtado de Mendoza, Las Palmas.

116 X 82 cm. Oil on canvas.



45 X 30 cm. Oil on board.


My effort from Saturday's Pintar Rapido art competition in Las Palmas (07-07)
No prize but I enjoyed it.

Here is a link to the winners and photo's from the day:

61 x 50 cm. Oil on canvas.


A couple of un-posted pieces:

Landscape near Mogan.
16 x 12 in.
Oil on board.

10 x 12 in.
Oil on board.

Lomo Caballo.
10 x 12 in.
Oil on board.


Bar front.
25 X 20 cm. Oil on panel.

After loads of walking we eventually ended up at a bar this weekend.
It seemed right.


Two sketches from the weekend.

 Both 21 X 29.7 cm. (A4) Oil on panel.



40 X 30 cm. Oil on canvas.

I was asked to make the portrait above for somebody and it was my first real attempt into portrait painting. Sadly it was painted from a photo reference as it was a surprise gift.

The one below was painted from life in around 3 hours on Saturday afternoon.
30 X 25 cm. Oil on canvas.


I finished this painting last weekend, based on a plein-air from a few months back.
 Painting only at weekends because of the lack of light in the evenings, it took me several weeks to complete.

Riverbed, Southern Morocco
90 X 70 cm. Oil on canvas.

Also here was my entry for 'A Brush with the Broads' Sunday Quick-Draw competition last September in Great Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Amusements.
25 X 30 cm. Oil on panel.


Church Steps
10 X 12 in. Oil on board.

I'm slowly getting used to people watching me, commenting, playing spot the difference etc.
But seriously, spot the difference!

 Counting the steps that lead up to the door, then, with a finger, counting the steps on my board as I work...
I was just hoping I'd got it right! (I did!)


A Swedish Yacht
60 X 30 cm. Oil on canvas.

I would have liked to have included the Swedish flag waving off the back. Oh well.
 I like the format of these canvases though. I bought some more.


Courtyard inside the kasbah, Essaouira.
30 X 25 cm. Oil on board.

I made this late in July but just re-found it looking through some stuff.


22.5 X 30 cm. Oil on board.

I was on a strict time-budget with this. (It took an hour and a half exactly).
But maybe the lack of time took away any luxury of indecision, so the piece turned out quite well.


Old town
8 X 5 in. Oil on board.


Garden Footbridge, Ranworth, Norfolk.
10 X 8 in. Oil on Board.


Lomo Chorillo, Gran Canaria

12 X 9 in. Oil on panel.

The bright bit near the centre is the road I was sat on, snaking away up a hill.
I guess I should have changed my painting position slightly so the road was more readable,
 but I didn't fancy sitting in the hot sun.


Red Church in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

12 X 9 in. Oil on Board.


Rooftop View
A view of the petrol station and mechanics across the road.
30 X 25 cm. Oil on board.


Mirleft Mosque, Morocco.
12 X 10. Oil on panel.

Instead of working as I normally do - from darkest darks to lightest lights, I began with a rough sky and keyed the rest of the painting to that. I think it really helped with my values. I feel this is much more luminous than my usual work


Two views from a colonial fort above Mirleft, Morocco.

Both 10 X  12 in. Oil on board.


Sea Cliffs near Mirleft, Morocco
16 X 12 in. Oil on board.


Riverbed 01

25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.

These two views were done from very nearly the same spot, looking down and up a still trickling riverbed
 in the valleys below Tiznit in Southern Morocco.

Riverbed 02

25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.

Coastal Cliffs.

25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.


2 more from Morocco. A little dusty from the trip.
These are from the Todgha Gorge in the High Atlas, the second one is also my first nocturne.
What an amazing place for light and landscape. I would have preferred to stay there longer.
Both 10 X 12 in. (or reverse). Oil on board.



Morocco throws up a cascade of painting opportunities.

Market Gateway at dawn
12 X 10 in. Oil on board.

The Oued Ksob 
12 X 10 in. Oil on board.

12 X 10 in. Oil on board.

Town Walls
10 X 12 in. Oil on board.

10 X 12 in. Oil on board.

Dunes 01
10 X 12 in. Oil on board.