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So the time has very nearly come...

The open studio is this weekend, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November.

The address is 19, Rushford Close, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9QE.

Coming by train from London:  Trains run to Headcorn from Charing Cross station on a regular basis.  The journey takes about an hour.  When you get off at the station it is a short 5 minute walk to the studio.... Walk through the station car park to the main road and turn left, stay on the left hand side of the road.  Rushford Close is the second road on you left.  It is a big open mouthed road.  When you have turned down Rushford Close you will get to a T junction.  Turn right and then it is the last house on the left with the blue door. Please go to the right of the front door to the back gate which leads you to the back garden and the studio.

I look forward to seeing you, and just because I'm kind here is a link to google maps:

Link to Google Maps


My favourite artists...

Hello my erstwhile happy brigade of blog watchers.  I'm still painting every opportunity I get but I thought that at times when I had a bit of down time I could share some thoughts on some of my favourite artists with you... 

Some of my favourite artists will not come as a surprise to many of you: JMW Turner, Lucien Freud, Edward Hopper, Edgar Degas, JM Whistler.  Some are perhaps not as well known: Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman, Camille Pisarro, Alfred Sisley.  Hopefully I can also introduce you to some artists you hadn't come across before: Alexandr Onishenko, Rackstraw Downes, Chuck Close, Robert Bechtle, FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson, SJ Peploe.

So, who to pick first.... Well, such an embarrassment of riches, but I choose... Walter Sickert.  Sickert (1860 - 1942) was a driving force behind the Camden Town group and helped guide impressonism through to modernism.  Before I go on, and before it becomes very obvious, I am not an art critic or a writer, I am just trying to convey what I like about the artist. 

Probably the most famous work Sickert painted was 'Ennui' painted in 1914.  I'm sure so may words have been written about this that it is almost pointless to add any more.  All I would say is if you are unfamiliar with Sickert's work - look it up... I love the whole painting but look at the glass on the table - just genius.  I want to pick some other paintings of his out though, mainly to bring out the way Sickert dealt with light, especially artificial light, to your attention.

So, have a look at the following paintings of Sickerts:

Minnie Cunningham at the Old Bedford (1892)

Gallery of the Old Mogul (1906)

Noctes Ambrosianae (1906)

The Mantlepiece (1906-7)

The Gallery at the Old Bedford (1895)

The Old Bedford: Cupid in the Gallery (1890)

The New Bedford (1914-15)

Taking the last of these as a case in point, look at the gestural nature of the piece and look at the way detail is picked out with highlights - I wish I could do that!  To look for my attempt check out my London gallery on the site and look for 'Playhouse'.

Take it easy.





Commissions Feedback...

Some feedback on a commission that was completed some time ago and has only just been delivered to the new owners by the guys that made the commission.  The piece was a view of Barbados (I'll update the commissions soon page so you can have a look...).  If you have a favourite picture you would like painting - you know what to do!!

"the lucky couple are absolutely delighted with it, wanting you to know that it brings them happy memories of a very special time for them, and they are so grateful.
They have chosen a great spot in their new house to hang the painting and it looks amazing there!"

Last Weekend - The planning continues!

So, in case you have been deliberately ignoring me, you will know by now that I have an OPEN STUDIO!! at the end of November here in Headcorn, Kent.  Well, specifically, it is on Saturday 24th November 2012 and Sunday 25th November 2012 from 10am to 4pm at 19 Rushford Close, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9QE.  If I was more able I would include a whizzy link to a map at this point.  I'm not, so I haven't.

Anyway, I digress.  Last weekend was spent painting up three pieces, one from the skscape collection, one from the London collection and one from the Driving Home collection.  Coincidentally, these are the three collections I will have on show at the Open Studio (did I mention that....).

As well as the painting I enjoyed a lovely couple of hours showing a fellow artist (Brian Hodgson - his work is great - google him!) around the studio and talking through the works.  Its great to get other thoughts on my work and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the work too.

Hope you are enjoying a good start to the week, take it easy.



Jim Bryant

Last weekend we had the terribly sad news that my father in law, Jim Bryant, passed away.  He was always very supportive and encouraging of my artistic endeavours and he will be greatly missed by many, many people.  Thank you Jim.


I've gone social media mad.  Well, I haven't, but I am also on twitter if you would like to follow me.  Link attached below. 


I would love to hear from you and get your opnions on the paintings or art in general.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Not wildly exciting, but true...... A reminder that you can 'like' my work on facebook using the link below.  If you have already 'liked' the page, thanks!  If you haven't - fair enough, but it would make me happy if you did...


A long time coming.... OPEN STUDIO!

I've been silent for far too long on the blog front, and so I am aiming to make amends with my first entry in over 2 years!!

I'll keep this first update brief (I don't want to spoil you all).

Given my silence, you may be tempted into thinking I have been lazy.  Scotch those thoughts! I have been busy over the past 2 years, primarily helping my beautiful wife to bring up my two equally beautiful young children, but also with working up two new collections and adding to my folio of work on London.  I think it would be wrong of me here not to give a massive vote of thanks to my fantastic family who have been very supportive in helping me carve out the time necessary to follow my passion and keep painting. 

So - why should I be interested in all this I hear you yawn!

Well, because these paintings are not only seeing the virtual light of day on this website (see the gallery pages - London, Driving Home and Skyscapes) but also the ACTUAL light of day at an open studio I am holding in late November....



When? Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2012.

Golly, I spoil you lot... and just in time for Christmas too...

Love to all


Open Studio?

I'm looking to canvas opinion on whether you would be interested in an open studio weekend in the Autumn.  If I have enough positive responses I will organise one.

So you can judge whether you would be interested, I live in Headcorn in Kent - A 1hr train ride from Waterloo East / Charing Cross.

Let me know what you think.


Further details of two new collections.

Driving Home Series

A collection of ten new works.  Each work is 30cm by 40cm and is based on an image from a twilight drive home.  Blurred road signs, electric lighting, distant car lights - all evoking that Sunday evening bleary eyed drive back home to the warmth and familiarity of your own home.


Skscape Series

Currently there are six works in progress at various stages of completion.  The compositions are of various sizes and concentrate on the feeling of serenity afforded by sky gazing.  Featured subjects, other than the sky (obviously), are birds on the wing, hot air balloons and Venice. 


I'll keep you posted.

It has been a long time

If anyone is still listening in cyberspace I have been working on two new collections of work.

One collection focusses on skyscapes and the other on 'driving home'.

More details will appear here first!

BTW - Since my last post I have become the proud father of Lily Rose and Finn Stanley!!

I've been busy

There are 7 (yes, seven) brand new paintings for you to look at in the London gallery.

I hope you like them, let me know what you think


The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair 3-5 October

Save the dates of Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 of October! I will be exhibiting at The Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair....

Opening times:

Friday 1 - 7pm

Saturday & Sunday 12 - 6pm

Admission is free.


Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, Islington, London, EC1V 1NQ.

For more details on the venue please click:

I am delighted and proud to announce that I have been selected to feature on a website for contemporary artists.

I am exhibiting a range of my Thames themed paintings on their website.  To avoid any confusion, any works that are exhibited on the website will now only be available from that site and not through my online shop.

Please take a look:

Martin Middleton

Any questions let me know!


Angel Art Market

A quick thank you to all of you who came to see my stall at the Angel Art Market.

And for those who didn't, here are some photos of what you missed out on:
























A great weekend...

I spent last weekend with my father-in-law in Kent and what a great weekend it was.

Firstly, we went to Rye and toured a few of the galleries there.  A particuler favourite was the Turtle gallery owned and ran by Pat Field.  Whilst we were there Karl Terry, a local artist, was there preparing for an upcoming exhibition of his 'en plein air' oil paintings.  Karl was a great bloke and his paintings are excellent, particulalry when one considers they are all completed on location, no matter what the weather.

Later on in the day we visited Terry Evans, an artist from Winchelsea in Kent.  Terry and his wife Gina were excellent hosts and Terry imparted a lot of wisdom from his 40 years + experience in the world of art.

All in all a very inspiring weekend!


I have a stall at Angel Art Market, the details are below:

Dates - 13th and 14th September
Time - 11am to 6pm
Location - Candid Galleries, 3 Torrens Street, Angel, London, EC1V 1NQ
Nearest Tube - Angel, Northern Line
Admission free

For a map and further details of the venue please use the link below:

What I've been doing for the past few days, what I will be doing in the next few days...

Over the last day or to I have been mixing in a little bit of marketing stuff with the painting and I wanted to take the opportunity here to thank everyone that has helped me in these efforts. 

And so to painting...


A couple of days ago I finished Sudoku and I will update the website shortly.  The painting is oil on canvas board (14 x 10 inches).

Dusk on the Thames

I have also conceived and done the early preparation for a series of  7 smaller (16 x 12 inch) canvases on the theme of dusk over the Thames.  The early washes for these works have been completed and I will continue to work on these in the coming weeks.


My main project yesterday was putting some finishing touches to Southbank.  This took all day and is still not finished! However, I am hoping to finish the work today.  I must say I am very excited about this painting. Hopefully I will finish today and you will all get to see the completed piece tomorrow.

Watching Carly

Watching Carly has also been updated with a good deal more detail, Jody (in the foreground) has hair for a start....

Next Week -Normandy

Next week I am visiting a small village in Normandy in France (Le Mesnil Angot) to paint en plein air for a week.  Unfortunately, the village is pretty small and I will not be able to access the website or e-mails.  I will update you on my progress when I return.

Galleries, prices and commission

Penultimately, a quick note on galleries, commissions and prices.  As soon as I finish my paintings I put them up on my website and do not send them to galleries for consideration for c2 weeks.  The price I put on my website is the price that I want to achieve from the painting.  As I'm sure you are aware, when work goes to galleries they are required to add a commission to the price that I stipulate in order to make any money from selling my work.  Galleries work really hard and put a lot of effort into marketing and promotion, mounting exhibitions and maintaining their customer bases.  All this work that they do on my behalf is priceless but unfortunately can (and usually does) double the price of the artwork.  Once I have sent the work to a gallery I am duty bound to sell through that gallery and therefore work is more expensive for you to buy.

When I return from France I will be contacting a wide range of 'real' galleries (to supplement my online web gallery presence with and therefore I hope most of my work will be with galleries soon.  So the message is, if you like a work strike now while the iron is hot because the work could be significantly cheaper than it will be in a few weeks time!

Lastly, and irrelevantly, I hope the recent press announcement by the Villa means that Gaz Baz really is staying at the Villa.  UTV!

I think I have talked for long enough.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying Summer

Take it easy


Join my page on Facebook!!

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Click on the link below and if you like what you see sign up to be a fan!

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Saatchi Gallery

Happy Monday morning to everyone. 

A quick post to let you all know that I have been accepted to exhibit a page on the Saatchi - 'Your Gallery' website:

Saatchi Your Gallery page

I also have a page on facebook.  I welcome anyone who is on facebook to take a look and sign up to the page for updates if you like what you see:

Facebook page



Welcome to my blog...

I have a great summer of painting in front of me.  I've organised everything so that I have no other work commitments or distractions until October and so I thought I would share some thoughts with you as I go through my summer doing the thing I love doing most - painting.

Next, I thought about what I should write in my blog.  Lots of famous people have them and so maybe I can learn some lessons from them.  Lily Allen seems to use hers to bitch about other celebrities, I'm not a celebrity and I know nothing else about celebrities.  I suppose I could moan about people who have miffed me about one thing or another but I'm guessing no-one would ever want to read that.  David Cameron seemingly uses his to show him doing the washing up and generally putting the world to rights.   Now, Mr Cameron has got it right in one respect (and , in my opinion, one respect only - he's a Villa fan) but I have no interest in showing how down to earth I am (you'll have to take my word for that) and I'm guessing no-one would want to listen to me putting the world to rights and so I won't be following Mr Cameron's example too closely either.  Paris Hilton - I don't think I could manage to be so vacuous, White Van Man - I lack the intellectual capacity...

So, it looks like you'll have to put up with any musings I have re painting, galleries, artists etc.  I'll also let you have sneek previews of paintings that I am working on at the minute.

Today I have updated the site with the last three paintings that I have completed.  All are views of London.  The first is Telegraph - A dusky sky behind a telegraph pole on my street in Earlsfield in London.  I took the source photo for this almost as an after thought on the way back from a stroll I had with Jody recently.  The second is Leaving Selfridges - I love this painting and I have thoroughly enjoyed painting it.  Lastly (but not leastly), Oxford Street - A very expressive painting with free brush work and rich impasto.

Oh, and lastly, if I do meet and dislike a celebrity (like Lily), decide to pontificate at length (like David) or film a dirty video that no-one wants to watch (like Paris) you'll see it here first.

Thanks for reading


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