September begins: my next ‘style collection’



For now this one is named ‘Associate’. I would describe these pieces as being the ones where there is high contrast, a moody feel in blues and purples, recognisably organic shapes and motifs feature under an overall abstract and stylised approach –  using masking fluid and other ‘artificial’ manipulations like the diptych here. I want them to have severity and also depth, where possible.

What do you think? Does this successfully come through? These are fun to do, and relatively quick to come together after the conception of the idea.
Also, I moved house last week, so have a much better space for working, yay! Expect more on here from now. I feel freed up. I hope to write more soon too, just need to settle down. Does anyone else need their brain to catch up when they have something like moving house?


Tree Surgeon Painting


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The scan isn’t doing this piece justice, the nuance is a little lost. However, I was pleased with the masking fluid working in my favour again.

The subject is a friend of mine who works as a tree surgeon, who posts really cool pictures online of his enviable vocation. I wanted a feeling of movement and wilderness, as I think that sums up his work.

Hope you like it Alex! I love painting trees.

Experimenting with Masking Fluid


Enjoying playing with masking fluid lately. The texture is really refreshing in this medium. Here’s a couple of closeups:



I wanted a moody, fantasy world feel. Like a creature from Magic: The Gathering might appear from the trees. I think I’ll do some more like this. Maybe not whole compositions or ‘scenes’ but the texture and the feel.

Salty Painting



Mark 9:50

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

Depression takes lives. And even if it doesn’t kill you, it still takes your life. Your liveliness, your life-spirit, heart, enthusiasm, your growth, your essence, your vitality…

Your saltiness.

I think I lost mine last year. I don’t know how it comes to be so easy to let it go. At hand, instead of the murky waters of ‘why’s and ‘how’s, I’m trying to take that challenge from Mark. How will I make me salty again? I don’t think I’ll be the same as I was before, and I’m happy with that. I feel like if I solve this like a problem, and not tangle it up in my sense of identity and purpose (which isn’t always so easy, I know), I might be more successful and come sooner. I’m trying to see it as a sort of reinvention. The fact that the subject is me is by the by.

Thinking about all this, the painting above is made with salt, to create the textured look of the pigment. My habits are going well, and I think I’m getting closer to more adventurous (read:scary) action to make myself feel better.

I hope you’re all well. Try art journalling, if you’re not. No one has to look at it – not even you once you’ve done it. Look at where it falls on this graph!


Take it easy, folks