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Living in the Gaps (Landscape study), digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of the group, The Fall, whose chief creator Mark E Smith sadly died in January 2018. This post is named after a 7″ single which was released by the group in 1982. The image above has nothing to do with The Fall, except I suppose tangentially – I’ve listened to them so much their aesthetic must have seeped into my process somewhere…

The painting below on the other hand I did “for MES” – it didn’t start out that way, but it as it neared completion it seemed to fit…anyway…

Painting for MES, 2018, Acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Diary Images

Spend so much of my time looking down nowadays…these were both taken in London in the first week of the year.

3rd January 2020
3rd January 2020


Patti Fogarty

I’d like to dedicate this post to Patti Fogarty, who was a brilliant street photographer, portraitist and blogger (and one of the first people I “met” on WordPress). Her photographs were really something else – a celebration. I miss them and I miss her presence online. There’s a very nice tribute to Patti on Monochromia and you can see her work on her blog Nylon Daze.


If you want to see other work, visit my Instagram here or my website here.


Landscape study (101119), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

Happy New Year to everyone who has supported TFIPM by reading, liking or commenting!

The intention for 2020 is to make this blog more like an online sketchbook, so along with the finished works and art conversations with David Cook, I’ll be posting ideas, sketches, diaristic photographs and portraits. Not sure of the exact format, but here we go…

The above is another example of my renewed interest in digital work – I seem to have strayed into the landscape format good and proper. There are paintings in the works as well.

In the meantime, here are a couple of photographs from just after New Year in Brighton, UK…


If you want to see other work, visit my Instagram here or my website here.

All best wishes!

Landscape study (051119), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

A couple more examples…in a break from using images of Dorset, the background of the second image is Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham (where David Bowie performed at the Beckenham Arts Lab Growth Summer Festival in 1969).

Abandoned Bandstand, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019
Attempt, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2019

For the next paintings I tried to move as far away from imagery as possible – where a shape suggested an object I painted it out, and waited for other shapes to suggest themselves. The idea was to make paintings which did not reference anything except the urge to make a mark and balance a colour composition.

The drawings followed a similar pattern.

And became a more regular output. For all sorts of reasons I needed to make smaller works and started thinking again about digital constructs…

Landscape study (241119), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

More in the next post…

Painting for Nikki, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm, 2019

So (following on from the last post), I abandoned the underlying image in my paintings and improvised. It was a very different approach – more about colour composition and instinct. Painting For Nikki was the first to be finished.

At the same time I pretty much abandoned the digital composites and started drawing…

Magic Hand, pencil on paper, 2019
Magic Hand II, pencil on paper, 2019

More in the next post…

That’s How We Do Things #1, acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80cm, 2019

Having got excited about improvising on Cowl (see last post), I went back to the above painting, which I’d shelved and applied the same method. You can see the original digital construct the painting was based on here. Less of the initial image survived.

In the digital construct for the next painting Fissure, I deliberately left areas of the image blank so I had somewhere to improvise, while retaining a the skeleton of a composition.

Sketch for Fissure, digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019

But once I started improvising the composition became less and less sustainable – it collapsed under the weight of the paint marks; the imagery was being buried…

Fissure, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm, 2019

More in the next post…

Landscape study (201019)

In recent months my work has kind of gone full circle, so that I’m producing a lot of digital constructs again (as a way of thinking about possible paintings).

Visiting my parents in Dorset by train gave me the opportunity to snap the landscape and work in that format. It’s quite interesting to stretch out after working in squares.

Landscape (Stain), 2019

The painting being worked on in my last blog post about making stuff ended up looking like this…and underwent a name change…

Cowl, acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

…and the improvisational aspect of the process started to take precedence. The monochrome image suggested areas of colour, which led to the introduction of the vase shape and the snooker ball…

More on the paintings in the next post.

Improvisation has begun on the painting I mentioned in this post.

Image transfer got to a point where I was satisfied and away we go…I’ve also been using improvised paper stencils to open up areas of the composition…more on this soon.



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I’m currently working on this painting, which I’m toying with the idea of calling The Cacotopic Stain after a geographical area featured in a brilliant book by China Méiville entitled Iron Council.

The painting is based on a monochrome digital construct, which I’m transferring to canvas using acrylic paint and one paintbrush…

Once the image transfer is complete, I will improvise areas of colour and images on top. It’s a method I’ve adopted for the last couple of paintings. If you want to see more please visit my website: or my Instagram account:

It’s been a while, but last Friday I went out with the intention of taking some photographs in the street and dropping in on Tate Modern.

Whilst I’m always on the lookout for a potential portrait, most of my time is spent collecting images of splats, scuffs, drips and abandoned carrier bags to form the basis of a digital construct.

The following were all taken last Friday…

Solid fuel tank?
The Millenium Bridge from outside Tate Modern
Ocado waste

In Tate Modern, I decided to concentrate on paintings in the main displays. I’ve been familiar with The Three Dancers by Picasso for decades, but I’ve never really looked at the surface of the painting close up.

I found this area:

fascinating. I guess I’ve always thought of Picasso paintings springing into the world fully-formed, but he obviously had problems resolving this patch…

This was my first time seeing White Plane White, 1974 by Bram Bogart as well, but I’m glad I did…

White Plane White, 1974 by Bram Bogart

In one of the rooms housing a large sculpture, I found the following stain. It must have been quite a hardcore chemical to have bleached the stone floor like this. Anyway, I love it…

Sulba (I think)

The stain’s got me thinking…


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