Category Archive: Animals & Nature

Four legs and two legs

Following on from my last post, I’ve also been studying the relationship between animals and humans as told through the history of art. Its been a joy to scour museums for animals, and… Continue reading

Four legs good

I’ve been drawing a lot of animals recently. It started with a great course at the school called ‘Man and Beast’ exploring the relationship between creatures and humans, and I’ve been rather hooked… Continue reading

Beuckelaer’s fish

Regular followers will know of my fondness for drawing from paintings. To de-construct an artist’s composition and narrative, priorities and hierarchy of characters, is an incredible process and one that makes me want… Continue reading

More lakes: A day at the races

After a week labouring with paint we were treated to an afternoon at the races, at the beautiful course at Cartmel. After the silence of hills and fields it was disorienting to be… Continue reading

En plein air

Just back from a trip with the school to the south of the Lake District, painting oils in the open -an entirely new experience!  The area, set around a large estuary, was beautiful,… Continue reading

At the Natural History Museum

The Drawing School has been taking us to the Natural History Museum as part of our ‘Challenging Interiors’ course. It doesn’t get much more challenging than this ‘cathedral of nature’, designed by the… Continue reading


Following on from my earlier musings on Barbari’s partridges, some of my own studies of dead things. I had intended to draw this hare and bunnies in a game larder as a scene,… Continue reading

Country Mouse

Busy with commissions in London but a blissful escape from the desk at the weekend to get some loose sketching in. Sunshine, happy pigs, lazy dogs, a medieval church in Wiltshire.  

Rockin’ Finches

Second visit this week to the Barbican to check out these birdies, the star attractions of Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s installation at the The Curve. They’re Zebra Finches that fly, skip and hop around a… Continue reading

Around Richmond

Now based in Twickenham, I’m extremely fortunate to have the greenest London borough on my doorstep. These are some quick sketchy studies around the Thames, which I finished off with colour at home… Continue reading