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3 years, 6 months ago Posted in: Blog Comments Off on The Green Man – Final version

Oil on canvas – 19.5″ x 24″ The Green Man represents the spirit of nature and rebirth. It pre-dates Christianity and exists in many cultures all around the world. In my picture I’m concerned with the European tradition. The Green Man is associated with Jack in the Green, John Barleycorn, Robin Goodfellow and Puck. The […]

3 years, 6 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 […]

3 years, 7 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, 8 months 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, 9 months 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, 9 months 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, 10 months 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, 10 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, 11 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 […]

4 years, 2 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 […]