Painting fur and hair – new video

Hi everyone. I just uploaded a 3 min video showing me painting this guys chin on my wildlife art YouTube channel. Hope some find it of use πŸ™‚


Lion / Cape Buffalo Kill, Original Painting – eBay

This painting is certainly a one of a kind subject and one not often portrayed and although it might look gruesome, it is a part of REAL Africa.

Every time a Lion attempts to kill a Cape Buffalo it risks it’s own life. With Bull Buffalo weighing up to 2,000 lbs with dagger sharp horns, and a male Lion just 500 lbs the outcome is NEVER guaranteed.

This Lion is in it’s absolute prime, but life has been tough, as the scars on his face show, he will not relinquish this kill for anything!

The original is now for sale on eBay




Charity (ANCHOR) Auction (Original Lion Painting) , and so much more

Very Exciting news – Just launched is a great new charity cookbook (The Secret Ingredient) it a great mix of fantastic recipes and also great art (it even has some of my painting in there πŸ™‚

There will also be an official art auction also helping the charity (ANCHOR) and I have one of my major paintings in it (see photo below) lets hope it raises LOTS of money for ANCHOR (cancer charity).

The auction is Taking place at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa (Aberdeen) on Sunday, 23rd October, the high tea and entertainment is sure to be the perfect excuse for an afternoon of sheer indulgence, in the name of charity! Get your tickets now by emailing or calling 01224 859153.

lion oil painting charity

Lion Painting – First full layer of details

Well I have added more details to the Lion and I think just another 2-3 sessions and I will call him done πŸ™‚

lion painting fine art

Lion Painting – adding the details

I have added quite a few details to the face and will be working on the mouth area next πŸ™‚

After that I will begin to glaze + refine the colors more.

lion art

Lion Painting – Under painting almost done

Well after a few more hours the under painting of the Lion is almost doneΒ  πŸ™‚

As Lions are painted using quite opaque colours it comes together quite quickly.

This original oil is for sale – email me for full details

Lion painting

New Lion Painting – begining the oils

After the tonal under-painting has dried it’s is time to start the oil painting stage. as most of you are familiar with I will be using W&N Alkyd oil paints from this stage to the end. I really think they are better than standard oils – they dry by the next day so I have the option to build layers up quite quickly πŸ™‚

I like to start painting the eyes very early on in most of my paintings, it gives me the feeling that I have company when I paint plus I like to get the eyes right when I am nice and fresh, if the eyes don’t work then the rest of the painting will be worthless.

lion eyes

New Lion Painting Tutorial – Art on my Easel

This is the latest Lion painting on my easel.

The 1st stage below shows my pencil drawing, it’s very simply done using just a regular graphite pencil, I have sealed the drawing to the canvas using W&N permanent fixative spray.

Lion Drawing

In the 2nd stage below I have toned the canvas with a thin coat of Acrylic Burnt Sienna, then when it had dried (approx 1 hr) I painted over the main lines, once again using Burnt Sienna Acrylic paint. I will use this loosely as my tonal map, helping me to easily see my lights and darks.

Lion painting – Original for Sale

Just a quick note to let everyone know that my latest Lion painting The Prize, is finished, varnished and for sale πŸ™‚

drop me an email for price and further details.

Lion Painting – The Final Stretch

Some of the final details on my Lion painting have now been finished, with a few colour adjustments too.

Plus there is never meat without flies, so just for added reality I put some of those in too.

Hope your enjoying seeing this piece come together