Friday, 23 October 2020

Winter/Christmas cards ready to order - owl, fox, snow

My new Christmas/winter cards will be ready to post in a couple of weeks. Contact me to order.

- printed on 100% recycled card - blank inside - white envelopes -

winter owl - A6 card (105mm x 148mm)
- 1 card = £1
- 10 cards = £8
+ p&p

This new wood engraving is also available to buy handprinted in an edition of 100. A nice little winter present :)
- £15 per signed print, unmounted, includes UK p&p. 
- £20 for non-UK addresses, includes p&p.


winter woods - A5 card (148mm x 210mm)
- 1 card = £1.50
- 10 cards = £12
- 20 cards = £20 
+ p&p

(The original of this A5 painting will be available from the Open Eye Gallery in their December exhibition)


I also have c.60 snow hare cards remaining. First come first served:

seven snow hares - card is c.12cm x 17cm
- 1 card = £1.50
- 10 cards = £12
- 20 cards = £20 
+ p&p



- Let me know -

- Include your postal address so we can confirm total cost and email you payment details.
Bank transfer, cheque, cash are all fine. PayPal too but we'll add 50p to cover fees.

- My non-seasonal greetings cards and two non-winter wood engravings can be ordered from my Etsy shop -


Will be same format as 2020 and should be ready to post mid November. Another blog post coming in a week or so with images and ordering info.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Texture in acrylic paintings - & protecting our environment

Here are a few acrylic paintings from over the years. Looking at how good acrylics are for combining thickness & texture with thinner & more detailed. 
If you work with acrylics remember to wash **as little as possible** down your sink. Acrylic paint down the sink is plastics and chemicals in our rivers and oceans and soils and wildlife.

1 - Use leftovers to paint base/background colours for future paintings.

2 - Then wipe all remaining paint off brushes and palette. I use old raggy clothes and cloths and paper napkins saved up from cafes etc!

3 - Then clean brushes with soap and cool water.

4 - Don't bother cleaning your palette other than giving it a wipe as in point 2. Just let the paint dry then work on top of it next time. Gradually your palette gets thicker and thicker and after a few years you can peel off a lovely thick skin.

There are ways to ensure no acrylic at all goes down your sink, a bit complicated but very worth reading up on. Have a look at these four links:

- detailed, very interesting process to remove all acrylic sediment -

It seems increasing numbers of artists are choosing to completely avoid acrylic paints in favour of watercolour, for very valid environmental reasons. If you continue with acrylics, as I am for now, please have a think about the tips above. Share your own tips too! With your art communities and with me, I'd love to hear.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Painting The Sea

 Six sea paintings, three watercolour, three acrylic:

acrylic on board, 21x29cm

acrylic on board, 33x62cm

acrylic on wooden board, 60x80cm

watercolour on paper, 15x21cm
- pencil drawing first

watercolour on paper, 15x21cm
- no drawing first

watercolour on paper, 14x21cm
- no drawing first

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

A lot of trees

Trees. I like them. 

Here are some from the past ten or twelve years. Get in touch if you want to know more about any, ie sizes, materials, techniques, locations: