Posted on June 7, 2019

A little commission I did recently. The dog recently passed and the owner cried when she saw my portrait.


Posted on May 23, 2019

WIP: Our friend and old neighbour Julio was murdered by another psycho neighbour who was lusting after Julio’s daughter. Having escaped the Pinochet regime in Chile who ‘disappeared’ people in his family, Julio wasn’t one to take things lying down and voiced his opinions to the pedophile, who later ambushed Julio in the woods and killed him. This portrait will be for his lovely widow and three kids, who miss him truly every day. RIP

The Allegory of Depression

Posted on May 23, 2019

I’ve been working on this painting for some time now already and I’m getting near the end. I’m working with walnut oil at this stage now though, so it takes forever for the paint to dry between layers. Still to do is fix up the tonal values a bit, then final colour glazing.

Stages of a painting

Posted on April 12, 2019

Grade 1 Report Card

Posted on March 17, 2019

Mrs St Louis was such a nice lady.

Commission WIP

Posted on March 17, 2019

I’m running behind schedule on a commission because I didn’t like the first one and I’m doing a second. I started my process in the usual way on the first attempt by painting a burnt umber wash, waiting for it dry, and then painting using various browns. It didn’t work. I realized that the background had to be warmer, so I started the second attempt with cadmium orange instead (which took foreeeeever to dry). I think it works better with the blond, but I need to do a second pass and paint in the background flowers still. Lesson learned: you can’t do golden dogs like other dogs.

Nearly Done

Posted on February 9, 2019

Getting there. Just need the colour in the dress and it’s pretty much done.

All My Posts Deleted

Posted on February 1, 2019

Well, our web hosting got hacked. We decided to switch to a new hosting company but I lost several months of posts. Here’s a whole bunch of photos from all those lost posts – enjoy!


Posted on September 25, 2018

I have done a grisaille today on this commissioned portrait with just black paint – well, it’s not so much a proper grisaille because that would also include white to give more of a grey scale. I find that adding white makes the skin look too grey and I prefer to have more warmth in skin tones, so I make the white of the canvas be my light.

Underpainting Done

Posted on September 23, 2018

The underpainting for this commission is done!