those of you curious to see where it all goes on, hereís a quick look
round my studio.
it or not, this is part of my reference book collection, but it has been
somewhat concealed by canvases that are either finished and waiting for
delivery, or part-finished paintings that need to be left to dry. It might
look cluttered, but itís actually not that bad Ė and itís by far the
safest way to store paintings.
the office Ė computer, scanners, printers and music, all within arms
reach. It all starts and finishes here.
ĎEngine Roomí. I have had my trusty drawing board for over 25 years
now and just about everything that I have produced in that time was born
on this board. I am not a traditionalist, so I donít even possess an
easel. I have persistent back trouble these days (poor old sod), so itís
great that I can alter the angle of the board, depending on what Iím
painting. I tend to mix paint on a glass palette as it is so much easier
to clean down when a painting is finished and all those jars are colours
that I have pre-mixed so that I can return to any part of the painting
without having to match up. Just about everything about the way that I
work is designed for speed and efficiency. Certain people on internet
forums refer to me as the Painting
Machine and question how I work so fast. Long-established techniques
and efficiency is the answer. And long hours. And few weekends off.
Luckily, I enjoy what I do!
planning table (actually another old A-O drawing board on table legs). All
the prep work is done here, from laying up drawings and ideas to canvas
stretching, packing parcels and signing prints. It all goes on here.
view of the library / painting store, plus some ugly bloke looking very
pleased with himself. For anyone who is interested, the paintings here
are: (Top Left) SS Great Britain, a painting for a catalogue cover, (top
middle) a painting destined for Cranston Fine Arts of Italian destroyer
Alfredo Oriani passing through the swing bridge at Taranto, (top right)
also commissioned by Cranston Fine Arts a Pan American World Airways DC-6
at Tempelhof airport, (bottom left) an incomplete DH Venom painting and
(bottom right) the DH Vampire T.11 mentioned in the June blog. In the
extreme top right, keener-eyed observers might just make out the shape of
really is about it, apart from the store, the camera room and the
washroom, none of which warrant a photograph.
anyone would like to visit in person, you will always be most welcome, but
by prior arrangement
please! Contact me direct either via the telephone number on the
home page or by email through this site.