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.

You can also read it right here:

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

Lots of mini-paintings

I have been rather busy with all manner of things, but made time to squeeze in small paintings whenever I could, trying out various styles and techniques. These are all about ACEO size, i.e. about 65 x 90 mm, and they are fun and quick to complete. They also give one opportunity to quickly try out new ideas or techniques.




Nowadays I turn these into fridge magnets by simply sticking a magnet to the back. In this form they have been doing reasonably well at a local gallery. I think I may upload some to my Bid-or-buy store as well...