Robert Hagan workshop at Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Robert Hagan workshop at Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Just returned from an absolutely inspirational week with the amazing Australian artist Robert Hagan.  We were living in a John Constable painting and actually staying in Willie Lott's Cottage which featured in The Haywain and other of Constable's paintings!! We...

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GOLDEN EAGLE ON LEATHER + 24carat pure Gold Leaf

GOLDEN EAGLE ON LEATHER + 24carat pure Gold Leaf

This beautiful bird just had to be worked on leather, and here he is.  When I am working on a large piece like this I just get so engrossed in the close up and the attention to detail that it is not until I get up from the easel that I can get the full extent of what...

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SWALLOWS COME HOME!

SWALLOWS COME HOME!

There has been a delay in my artistic outpourings as I am just recovering from major surgery for a total knee replacement.  This is one of the most brutal and painful operations to undergo and  pain levels have been very high.  Anyhow, on the mend now and nearly over...

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GOLD AND SILVER LEAF HEAD STUDIES

GOLD AND SILVER LEAF HEAD STUDIES

This is the last piece of artwork to come off the easel.  Working again with the big cats that have filled my artistic life for many years, I decided to make use of some pure gold and silver leaf I had in the studio.  Having used 24 carat  gold leaf for some time, it...

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MARCH AT MIDNIGHT!

MARCH AT MIDNIGHT!

This painting of penguins is oil on hand stretched linen  - I like to stretch my own as it all makes the process from this simple action to the finished painting more personal.  These are King Penguins and the smaller version of the Emperor Penguins, but very curious...

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MAGNIFICENT RAJAN.

MAGNIFICENT RAJAN.

This is the magnificent tusker Rajan who was 63 years old when I went to see him and who was the last swimming elephant and lived in the Andaman Islands, close to Burma but part of India. My obsession and love of elephants led me to see him at the Barefoot Resort on...

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Orang utan, Mother and baby

Orang utan, Mother and baby

Another in the family of our close cousins, the orang utan.  As an artist I have been involved with conservation organisations who are trying to keep the rainforest habitat from being logged out and these lovely cousins facing extinction in our lifetime. We visited...

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Head Study – The Legendary ‘Spartacus’

Head Study – The Legendary ‘Spartacus’

Many thanks for all the positive comments on last week's blog on the Drum Horse 'Major Spartacus'.  This is an oil on fine linen head study of this amazing horse and it is the second study I have done.  The first one was donated to the Household Cavalry Charity...

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