Another concertina! Beautiful clear blue skies today - but the coldest one yet. A slumbering old laburnum tree with golden dried leaves and seed pods still clinging. Beautiful, staccato tree trunks and branches - half gilded with sunlight. Hard to believe this was all monochrome and snow yesterday. Read more →

There's a lot of copper and gold in these because someone had taken down a large tree on one side of the road, and all around were these HUGE dried leaves, some of which had blown into the water. The lime green is from a sunlit veil of super-vibrant moss;... Read more →

I've been following some folks who have coincidentally been using concertina sketchbooks - and I've thought "oooh that looks good" and "ooh I could make one of those to see if I like it before buying one". Reader, I went to Google to find a DIY/some instructions, and quite literally... Read more →

Works on A2 paper ... loving the light this week ... even some sunlight! ... so I'm amassing quite a lot of these A2 works on paper - they are nicely bridging the void between workbook looseness and fluidity - versus something more static on canvas. I've tried this kind... Read more →

No studio Yayday this week as everyone has been hard at it preparing Cross Street for the upcoming Open Studio & Associates Show. Looking very bonny and vibrant. Sadly limited as to what I can do to join in (my last episode up a ladder didn't end well) - but... Read more →

I used to quite like drawing in plain sight, out and about, in public and all of that. I'd be happy to zone out and be in my own little bubble. Now - not so much. I think it's a combination of carrying all my favourite junk and media with... Read more →

Today I had the loveliest time painting trees. As much as I love painting light - I love trees best. I know abstracty-abstract is coolio and clever - but I love trees. Love them. This one looks a bit wishy-washy because of the flash. I'm still using up paint remnants... Read more →

This morning there was the most incredible pink light. Much like Storm Ophelia's yellow. It did leave you wondering what was in store (cue suspense music). I'm trying to develop a home studio routine - as it looks like I'm going to have to give up my studio at Cross... Read more →

YAY! Visit my shop here - woot! So excited ... can you tell lol At the moment it is stocked with some small works - more to come this week. I'm hoping to get back to the mangle, and get some prints in there too. Read more →

Still using up all those bits and bobs and odd bits of paint. Lovely. Has made for some interesting colour choices (even if most of them got painted over lol). I really liked the relative minimalism of the chasing rain work I did last week. I was thinking of developing... Read more →

Back in my studio at Cross Street - for the first time in what feels like AGES. Today I was totally lied to by the weather forecast, which had promised fabulous sunshine. But that's OK as it meant I was in the mood for catching sweeping rain. I love the... Read more →

DIY charcoal

This looks like fun - I would love to try this with birch (as I'm always drawing birch trees) - but I'm in a smokeless zone .... poo. Has anyone else tried this? I seem to remember some beautiful work on display at World of Glass, St Helens that featured... Read more →

Trying to make the most of my studio time before I have to let it go. Loving the light and the contrast this week as we s l o w l y tip into Autumn. Drying on the floor - I worked these studies quickly on the wall with my... Read more →

Rain and wind and slants of golden light - straight out of my workbook and photographed on my desk - hence the less than stellar quality. Might mount and frame some of these to sell (GASP) as it has occurred to me that having an online shop might actually help... Read more →

Settling down to paint in my old but new home studio. I've had a major purge (as it's only a small space) and I've become comfortable now with painting on the wall - rather than on my work table. The light is OK (north-facing window) and I have a daylight... Read more →

The previous WIP now looks like this (above) - woot! I decided against the top and bottom dark glaze thing - after messing about in Photoshop. I don't know if it is the change of season approaching - but the light has certainly changed over the last week or so.... Read more →

Playing with light through trees - as usual my craply-lit photos do this no justice. The detail marks I'm very pleased with (of course you can't see them here lol) - click to go bigger. I took the image into Photoshop, to add some simulated dark glazes to the top... Read more →

Wow - gorgeous gallery; fantastic location for his year's LAF. I've been lucky enough to have been chosen to exhibit here for the last 4 years (I think) and have watched the show grow and evolve. This year was very different from previous years - in Stanhope Street (which I... Read more →

I need a photo credit! Lady Mayoress Wears Her Nasty Badge at Wigan Pride! Nasty Women Wigan exhibition: Fri 11th Aug – Sun 3rd Sept (open weekends and by appointment on weekdays) opening evening: Fri 11th Aug 7.30-9.30pm closing party: Sat 2nd Sept 7.30-9.30pm An amazing job by CSA Nasty... Read more →

Three pieces for Nasty Women, Wigan stall at Old Courts event for Wigan Pride - profits from work donated to support local charities. And then this (below) went of to a secret postcard show (is it a secret if you show your own work? lol) - at The Old Lock... Read more →

I've been staring at these two canvasses on and off for about a month - wondering whether to persist or just gesso them over. I was flicking through a workbook that sparked a few ideas so ... ... and a bit of cropping. I think you can see the printouts... Read more →

"Nasty Mother Nature - holes, whorls and deviant temptation" Hand coloured laser prints - series of 3 A sneaky preview of what I'll be showing at Cross Street in August as part of the Nasty Women show (combined arts, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, visual arts, zine) that will be held... Read more →

When I've got a few minutes - I do a bit in this repurposed appointment diary. Paint scrapings, Sharpie markers and fineline pens only. I've even got a notes section to jot down and capture potential titles for work. I like this noodling about. Of course I've smudged out any... Read more →

Another difficult one to photograph. Image painted over two sheets of drafting film - so 420 x 1098mm-ish. As always - click the image to go larger. I also finished off this one (below) - I just need to figure out how to hang them of course! Read more →

Big thanks to the curation/install team from Cross Street Arts for all their efforts to make this happen (and look so good). I'm showing two pieces (with one extra to show if space becomes available). n.b. The Atkinson offer 'Own Art' (making buying art easy and affordable by letting you... Read more →

Nasty Women call for artists, crafters, musicians and performers The Nasty Women movement started as a reaction to "the Orange ones" remarks against Hillary Clinton. Since the initial show in New York, NW has grown into a massive movement which shows just what women are capable of. Cross Street Arts... Read more →

It feels like AGES since I was last in my studio at Cross Street. I have been busy submitting to things like GMArtPrize (No), Liverpool Art Fair (Yes) and preparing for the Cross St Arts Group show at The Atkinson in Southport. Given the craptastic local and world news at... Read more →

Delighted to be showing these two pieces at Liverpool Art Fair over the summer. This year the Fair will feature as part of the Pier Head Village on Liverpool Waterfront - and will be housed in a purpose-built art gallery for the entire summer. More info here - where you... Read more →

I've been awol on this here blog, because we've been having 'works' done at Phippsy Towers which have kept me at home and out of the studio. Also, making submissions and so on. However, I've found a few interesting bits and bobs in the meanwhile! Want to Know How to... Read more →

Dunno where these two are going and I have a strange case of lost-my-way. Anyhoo - onwards and upwards and all that jazz - here are two that I've been working on today. This one has some extra working up from the last time you saw it ... ... and... Read more →

Untitled (as yet!), acrylic 24 x 30cm Another chapter in my transformation series. I'm trying to get a subtle sense of figure and transformational power, blowing blossom from pollarded branches - along with an overlapping, slightly out-of-synch reality. It's all energy and light and colour here. (And the gold colour... Read more →

'Placement v Process' invited Cross Street artists to reveal their artistic practice. How do we get to what leads to a finished work? 'Placement v Process' took place across two venues. 'Placement' - at The Old Courts (as part of Wigan Arts Festival), Wigan and 'Process' - at Cross Street... Read more →

Bloody hell weather! Do make your mind up - I was FREEZING when I left home this morning and a great dazzled, steaming thing by the time I got to the studio. Phew. Underpainting today. I often love the underpainting more than the subsequent layers - look! mmm ... delicious.... Read more →