Monday, 13 July 2020

Assorted mini pictures

A bunch of small paintings, acrylics on Masonite, 65 x 90 mm (= ACEO size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches), which can be turned into handpainted fridge magnets by simply sticking a magnet to the back:

I rather enjoy painting these - quick, not overly serious, and they allow me to freely experiment with various subject matter, styles and techniques.

I am currently taking some time every day to upload one or two of these (plus a whole bunch of others) to my Bid-or-Buy store.

Monday, 6 July 2020

A free book

Feeling generous, I decided to make a PDF copy of my children's book, The Garden Gnome's Journey, available for free download for a week or so.

Go grab your copy while you can, here.

Monday, 29 June 2020

The Amazing Unusual Animal ABC

I have completed my latest adventure in children's book writing:

A is for apple, B for book? Says who? Here is an ABC book featuring some of the lesser known creatures of the world, with a bit of information about each.

Some sample pages:

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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Monday, 22 June 2020

Cape hunting dog

Oil on Masonite, ACEO (= about 65 x 90 mm):

I haven't painted anything in ages, but have been itching to do so, and to try out a medium I haven't used in years, namely oils. I was rather relieved to see that while my painting has become a bit rusty, my old oil paints are for the most part still perfectly usable.

To start with, I stuck to a limited palette of black, white, yellow ocher and burnt umber. For this sort of subject matter you don't really need much else anyway, though the reference photo I used was definitely more colorful, particularly in the background.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

The Book of Revelation

I have decided to try my hand at illustrating an existing text, and chose the Biblical Book of Revelation (King James Version). It was an interesting challenge, because I'm not really used to this sort of weighty subject matter!

After rather more delay and bureaucracy than I expected of a book with a text in the public domain, it has finally been published.

Get the paperback version here.

There seems to currently be some sort of issue with availability of the e-book - watch this page for updates.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Sun, Moon and Sky

My new children's book, Why the Sun and Moon live in the Sky is now available for sale at Amazon, in both paperback and e-book versions. It is a retelling of a Nigerian  folktale, with new, original illustrations.

Here are the cover and first few pages:

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