20 Mar 2016

Painting : Colour Patchwork

Painting : Colour Patchwork

Paint on canvas 2016, 100cm x 70cm

17 Feb 2016

Painting: Target

Painting: Target

Paint on wooden painting board 30 x 30 cm

Here's one for all the archers out there : )

Painting: Target (detail)

Painting: Target

16 Feb 2016

Eskimo Summer

Painting: Eskimo Summer
Paint on wooden painting frame, 30 x 60 cm

Eskimo Summer (detail)

Eskimo Summer

Dusty wood shelter us, until the eskimo summer comes around again.

Too tired to battle beyond the familiar, follow the stream, past the pits to the lake, and rest where the spirits protect.

When the strange land begins again, motionless, sneezing, holding its knowledge far from reach, the white fox will reappear to lead us on, thanking the stars amongst us for closely watching the coloured lines that array the free.

Dark blue night harbour us, until the eskimo summer comes around again.

14 Feb 2016

As soft as amber

Paint on acrylic painting paper

As soft as amber

When the world stopped the bed jumped. My first first thought was of a long lost melody now refound.

Then you told me the story of the blackbird and the children. And so it was that fulfilment came, as soft as amber on an ochre sky, as soft as amber on an ochre sky.

22 Jan 2016

Painting : Fourgonnette de gendarmerie / Police van

Painting : Fourgonnette de gendarmerie / Police van
Paint on acrylic painting paper 30 x 40 cm

This pair of police people seem rather friendly, and they're happy to be driving in their old blue van!

4 Jan 2016

Painting: Snow on roofs

Painting : Snow on roofs
New painting. New morning. (Happy) New year. The first day of the rest of our lives...

Acrylics on canvas approx. 40 x 50 cm

19 Nov 2015

Painting: Fender Telecaster

Painting: Fender Telecaster 
Paint on canvas, approx 120cm x 40cm

Here's a slightly larger than life-size painting of the iconic Fender Telecaster guitar. A fine instrument that, in the right hands and plugged into an old valve amplifier, can produce amazing sounds!

I really enjoyed the painting process, working with colour to produce the sunburst effect, the maple wood of the guitar's neck and the lively background colours. I used a palette knife for the larger areas of colour, and a small paintbrush for the details.

16 Nov 2015

A painting for Paris

A painting for Paris
So sad.

Vive la musique ! Vive la vie !

12 Oct 2015

Painting: Autumn Trees
Paint on canvas, approx. 50 x 60 cm

15 Sep 2015

A Different Light

A Different Light
Paint on canvas

Poem : Let the sun shine the love down to keep your path warm. May the breeze or surprise adorn your distant shores. Let the road of change cleanse your soul and the spirit of freedom keep out the cold. May you capture the moment you feel most at peace and live all your dreams that seem out of reach. And when the landscape familiar to your tired eyes, comes into view, feel the pride. Then lift your head high, open your eyes, and see the truth in a different light. (D. Shaw)


9 Jul 2015

Painting: Clouds

Painting: Clouds

'Clouds' detail

Acrylics on wooden board 50 x 40 cm

3 Jul 2015

Painting : Robin

Here's my little friend, the robin, revisited. Paint on stretched canvas approx. 47 x 36 cm

Some close-up shots:

'Robin' detail 1

'Robin' detail 2

6 Mar 2015

Painting : Façade

Painting : Façade
Detail 1

Detail 2

Paint on canvas 2015.

Here's a new painting depicting the façade of an old stone house somewhere in Brittany.

24 Dec 2014

Painting : House by sea

Painting on canvas : House by sea
'House by sea' detail 1
'House by sea' 'detail 2

31 Jan 2014

Painting : Sky

New work. Paint on wooden board.

Created using a palette knife, Liquitex acrylic paints and light modelling paste.

25 Jan 2014

Painting : Old Tin

Old Tin
New Work. Paint on canvas.
This old tobacco tin with its bashed up lid is from a time when it was cool to smoke. Times have changed but the tin still remains, with its bold lettering and lively colours.

20 Mar 2013

Portrait : The lock keeper

The lock keeper
Portrait painting in oils

29 Dec 2012

Manor House

Manor house
Oil painting on canvas
By David Shaw

25 Nov 2012

Painting : Carnac standing stones

Standing stones
New painting of an old subject : these ancient standing stones in Carnac, Brittany have been there since around 4500 BC. There are over 4000 on the site, spread over 4km. I tried to capture some of the light there. Here's a detail :
Standing stones detail

19 Nov 2012

Seascape : Wall by the sea

Wall by the sea
Well, here we are again. This seascape is what it is really : a wall by the sea. If we look a little further, we could say that it's a brief moment of freedom in this world of written and unwritten rules! Below, is a close up detail of the painting:

Wall by the sea : detail

11 Sep 2012

Sail school view

Sail school view
New work. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.


25 May 2012

Light on river revisited

Light on river revisited
I don't normally go back to a painting once finished, but I've made an exception to add color to this one, with more blues and pink over the greens I found too drab. You can scroll down to the older version if you want to try and spot the difference.

23 May 2012

Cobbler's Shop

Cobbler's Shop
New work. This cobbler's shop can be found on the Wirral in northwest England. I used water based acrylic paints to paint this picture. I'm quite happy with colors. I chose some shimmering metallic paints: gold, copper, blues and reds that change color when you move around the painting and when the light moves over its surface.

26 Apr 2012

Red fire engine

Red fire engine

21 Apr 2012

Green tractor on show day

Green tractor on show day

23 Jun 2011

Mousehole, Cornwall

Mousehole, Cornwall
Acrylics on canvas
This is a new painting depicting a village and fishing port in Corwall called Mousehole.

17 May 2011

Bedroom in Arles, after Van Gogh

La chambre à Arles
Oils on canvas
I enjoyed paintng this copy of Bedroom in Arles, one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings. It's a great way to really observe another artist's work, something that Mr Van Gogh did throughout his painting career. He actually painted 3 different versions of La Chambre à Arles. My painting is based on the last version he painted and can be found in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. I've tried to keep the feel of the original picture without trying to exactly imitate the artist's brushwork. Also, I tried to stay close to the colours of the painting today (the colours will have changed since he painted it in 1889). My version is actually 30 cm less wide than the original (57.5 x 74 cm) and I will be hanging it on my wall presently!

16 Apr 2011

Light on the river

Painting : Light on the river
Oils on wooden panel
Light on the river

13 Apr 2011

Seascape : La Côte Sauvage

Seascape : La Côte Sauvage
Oils on wooden panel

10 Apr 2011

Painting : Boy with Beret

Portrait : boy with beret
Oils on wooden panel

2 Apr 2011

Hay Bales

Hay bales
Acrylics on canvas

1 Apr 2011

Thatched cottage

Thatched cottage (detail)
Acrylics on canvas

28 Mar 2011

The Harvest

The Harvest (detail)
Acrylics on canvas