Midnight Whisper


Barn Owl Workshop


This is a quote that I shared with my students on the beginning of the barn owl workshop – a quote that I loved when I first saw it and one that I have thought of often since.  With this in mind, we went on to discuss a list of features that might just  “be the whiskey” and capture the essence of the barn owl in a special and individual way – food for thought before picking up the paintbrush.

And after two complete demonstrations, time only allowed me to complete the first wash of the third demonstration, a barn owl in flight.



I have finished the painting and here it is:

A quick recap for my students of the points we thought about before we picked up the brush, many of which I hope I have captured in the final piece.

  1. Pastel colours
  2. Texture feathers
  3. Silent killer
  4. Softness
  5. Dark eye
  6. Eye Socket to beak
  7. Pale background v dark
  8. Composition
  9. Light on feathers
  10. Shape of face

Although my workshops are fully booked for the rest of the year, I will be releasing new dates in a few months for the beginning of 2020.




The Queens Club Championships

A couple of months ago, the Queens Club contacted me to ask if I would like to paint two more portraits this year, Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.  With quite a tight deadline to paint and deliver, I worked quite quickly to create two paintings that would hang along the others that I created in…

Life Drawing Class

  Last week, and on the spur of the moment, I decided to attend AceArts life drawing session at the Parish Rooms in Somerton.  It is a weekly session and you can just turn up on the day for the two hours (£10) 10-12.00pm. There were about 8 people (a lovely friendly group), and our…

Dogstival, Pylewell Park

A few months ago, the Epicurean Club contacted me to ask if I would like to exhibit some of my dog paintings on their stand at Dogstival at Pylewell Park in May.  And of course, the answer was always going to be yes! They were there to promote their superb range of “dog friendly” pubs…

“Meles Meles” Exhibition

The word badger originally applied to the European badger (meles meles), hence the name chosen for this exhibition hosted by the A2 Gallery in Wells.  I am excited to be taking part in this group exhibition and save the date for Monday 8th July 6-8pm for the preview to which all are invited.  Please do…

The King

Kingfishers workshop: Firstly a huge thank you to the wonderful students for making the Kingfishers and Herons workshop so rewarding from a tutors perspective. To see everyone absorbed and keen to experiment with wet-in-wet watercolour was fabulous.  There was one image that I didn’t have time to demonstrate on the day and I did promise…

Fifty Bees

Exhibition I was thrilled to be able to take part in the third of this series of exhibitions organised by the very talented Lydia Needle. Lydia creates the most beautiful and accurately represented hand-stitched bees and each of the 50 artists taking part in the exhibition were each allocated a particular bee.  They then had…

Right said Fred

Last week I stayed at the beautiful Dundas Arms in Kintbury and my heart was stolen by a fellow guest,  the adorable Fred. Fred is a lurcher/saluki cross and was found by his new owner as an abandoned pup.  He had lost one of his front legs but this loss doesn’t seem to have lessened…

Pheasant action

    With just over a month to go before the shooting season starts at Bettws Hall, I have my sleeves rolled up and my brushes are flying. I am busy working on a new collection of shoot art that will be displayed amongst three lodges and will encompass both acrylics on canvas and framed…

Anyone for Tennis?

  Last year I delivered 5 large 2m portraits to the Queens Club for display in the Members Enclosure for the Championships. This year, Queens Club asked for a portrait of the winner to display alongside the others in the event this June – so in May I delivered a painting of Feliciano Lopez in…