27 May 2009

Still alive and well ......

I guess I'm not the world's most prolific blogger, but I get back here sooner or later. I tend to have about four paintings on the go at any one time and usually end up finishing them all around the same time so the posts tend to be once a month.
I have also done a couple of commissions but I'm not posting them as yet.
This was a big one for me 60 x 25 cms (24 x 10 inches) and is done on gessoed hardboard. I liked the delicacy of the iris against that big, heavy stoneware jar resting on the edge of the table. Any suggestions for a title?


I taught my first all day art class yesterday and it was a lot of fun for me and the students all seemed to have enjoyed as we are planning more classes. I just worked on basic painting techniques with them and they managed to complete 2 'alla prima' paintings in one day!
For some it was their very first oil painting (close up view below) and they were thrilled with what they achieved in such a short time.
It was great to have students who were so enthusiastic and they did a fantastic job of pushing away that fear of failure and the "I wont be able to do that" mentality and did themselves proud (just look at those smiling faces).
I did the lessons at a painting holiday resort here in France so if anyone is interested in painting holidays (with a swimming pool!!!): www.paintinfrance.eu/index.htm

I'll be back tomorrow with another painting and maybe another pic of the art class.


  1. Hi Paul, it is a stunning painting, the blue is just right and I love the shadow cast on the lower bud.

  2. You are wonderful Paul.
    A great elegant piece and now, fortunate beings
    who have the chance to receive so much from a brilliant humble man.

  3. Lovely painting, Paul. How about a simple title such as, "Blue Iris"?

    What a memorable and great learning experience for those students of yours!


  4. Yea! Paul's back! And with more amazing work. Truly gorgeous. You are the balance master.
    Your class looks like a great group. What fun! they've got nice work for a day class. Gee-finished two in a day. I need that lesson!
    (Iris on Edge?)

  5. It's really beautiful, Paul. I love it!
    Regards from Spain!

  6. Your painting is gorgeous.

    Those are beginning students?? Their work looks very accomplished!

  7. What a wonderful blog and beautiful art.
    your class seems to be catching on to what you are teaching them.
    My hat off to you

  8. Lovely works Paul....ALL of them.... ;0)))))

  9. Such a cute group picture : )