Ivon Hitchens exhibition

Visiting Chichester for a family celebration co-incided with a wonderful exhibition ‘Space through Colour’ showing an extensive collection of Ivon Hitchens paintings at the splendid Pallant House Gallery.

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It is always interested to see an exhibition showing an artists’s development through his life and I was fascinated by his still life and figure paintings he did in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Clearly influenced by Braque, I found them full of music.  I am familiar with his reference to music in his landscape paintings, but I was really inspired by these still life paintings as I am currently using colour, shape and line  in an attempt to integrate the musician and the music in my paintings.



Commission delivered

This is the painting  commissioned by a friend whose son and daughter in law performed at a wonderful party celebrating a big birthday.  Finally delivered it about 18 months later!

Saxophone & Double bass

Recent Exhibition

Exhibition Title _3Exhibition of paintings at the Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa 3-10 May

Leamington Music May Festival 2019

Thursday 2 May Transport the boards and hang the paintings – thanks to helpful friends

Friday 3 May at 1pm I gave the Friday Focus talk in the Art Gallery.  After talking about the painting in the Art Gallery, I took everyone round the exhibition in the Conservatory.

me talking

Tasmin Little opened the Festival and Exhibition before giving a wonderful performance with Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.

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The majority of paintings were acrylic on canvas along with 9 small Digital Originals.  These were from drawings made in concerts then created on a Microsoft Surface using the Fresh Paint programme.

Some people look at the paintings ….. and some people just sit!


Friday 10 May a Reception was held for the major sponsors Presto Music after the final wonderful Takacs Quartet concert with an opportunity to meet the musicians.

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Saturday 11 May take exhibition down with help of a friend









The big painting is done!


‘Ensemble 360 perform Martinu Wind Sextet H174’  acrylic on canvas 5′ x 3′

Hung in Leamington Art Gallery at end April in time for the May Music Festival 3-10 May, along with some drawings and pastels to keep it company.  Comes down on 10 June.


The finale of the piece had a jazzy feel with syncopated rhythm which I tried to create by offsetting the scores on their music stands, and offsetting shapes in other areas too.  The lines criss crossing equate to the way the musicians relate to each other as they play.

The composition was specifically designed to fit the the arched alcove.  BBC R3 recorded  their microphones offered a useful structural element.   The wall colour had to be taken into consideration as well.

I was enchanted to see some musicians performing underneath the painting at the launch event of Warwickshire Open Studios on 7 June

This Is BIG!


I am in there somewhere contemplating what to do next on this 5′ x 3′ canvas.


I have this post card of a painting by Rembrandt pinned up in my studio showing the artist considering his painting – the painting on the easel is not letting him get to the door to escape it.  I know what he means, mine is likewise!

New Start to New Year

Preparing to stretch a canvas on an inherited 5 x 3ft stretcher.  The label on it plus the number of nails used indicates it is quite old and has been used for different paintings. It came from a neighbour when relatives were clearing his house out.  It is just the right size for its destination but have to have it finished by end April, alongside all the other paintings for my exhibition ‘The Musician is the Music’.  Going to be busy!

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More Paintings for the next exhibition

Saint Saens clarinet sonata

Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata  (20 x 30″ acrylic on canvas)  performed at last May Festival in the Pump Rooms Leamington Spa.

Roddy performing

Roderick Williams singing Schwanengesang at the Leamington Music Festival last May.    (30 x 20″ acrylic on canvas)

I am primarily interested in musicians when they move as they play, so I find it problematic when singers stand pretty much stock still.   I had to think of how to express this incredibly rich expressive singing which emanates from within and communicates through his expressive face.  Being in the audience I had a few strange scribbly drawings from the front.  But I remembered when he gave us a talk (with much gesticulation!) he told us how nervous you feel when going on to the stage at Wigmore Hall to be faced with a very knowledgeable audience with the score on their lap waiting for you to make a mistake with your German.   So I turned it round and painted him from his point of view, putting a score on a couple of laps.  His voice is full of autumn colours which gave me a palette to use.