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2 years, 10 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on The Art of Colin Murray – Film

  This short film features me talking about two of my recent pictures. It also contains a brief chat about paints and brushes and there’s a demonstration of how to make some paint medium and Dammar Varnish. I was 12 years old when I began oil painting and by the time I was in my […]

2 years, 11 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on The Green Man – work in progress – part three

Recently someone asked me to define what my art was about in a few words. Having thought about it I considered ‘Realist Fantasy’ but not all of my pictures are in the fantasy genre. Although my paintings always have a recognizable subject and they are developed through drawing using various references, I always exaggerate the […]

3 years ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on The Green Man – work in progress – part two

One can take several approaches when it comes to composing a picture. Sometimes sketches are made and the entire picture is planned out in advance. I rarely work in this way. Most of my paintings are put together on the canvas. I draw with thin brown paint until I have a good idea of the […]

3 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on A Bird’s eye view of Maldon

  Oil on canvas 23″ x 39″ This picture was begun at the same time as my painting of All Saints Church which is featured in the previous blog. Last year in April and May I stayed at an apartment attached to the Blue Boar Hotel in Maldon. I was hoping to do some pictures […]

3 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Painting on Location in Maldon – All Saints Church

Oil on canvas – 21″ x 25.5″ Last year I spent several months living and painting in Maldon in Essex. I rented a self-contained apartment attached to the Blue Boar Hotel. I was on the second floor and I was hoping to do some paintings of the trees around All Saints Church coming into blossom. […]

3 years, 1 month ago Posted in: Blog 1

Earlier this year I decided to take a break from oil painting. I’d been meaning to do some more fabric painting so I thought I’d paint a few T-Shirts to wear during the summer. Technically painting with fabric paint is very different to using oils. The paint is very stiff as it cannot be thinned […]

3 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on The Owl and the Pussycat

Oil on canvas – 17″ x 39″ This is a painting that I was commissioned to do. I have always loved this poem and I like art that humanizes animals. I wanted to paint a picture that was dreamy and atmospheric. The main problem I had was with the cat and how to make her […]

3 years, 3 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Mermaids

The mythical beings called mermaids have fascinated human beings for several millennia. The first mermaid story appeared in Assyria in about 1000 BC. A goddess called Atargtis (who was the mother of the Assyrian queen Semiramis) had fallen in love with a shepherd and unintentionally killed him. Full of remorse she threw herself into a […]

3 years, 6 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on After the Floods

  Oil on canvas – 30″ x 39″ This picture was painted over a period of three years. For a long time I have been an admirer of ‘The Isle of the Dead’ by Arnold Bocklin and I have already painted several pictures influenced by this masterpiece. I remember reading that Bocklin had said that […]

3 years, 6 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Dryads – Oil on canvas – 18′ x 24″ 2013
Dryads - Oil on canvas - 18' x 24

A nightingale sings as two tree-spirits emerge and embrace.