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A New Painting…

by becqua on May 4, 2024, in the Fine Art category

I have an oil painting to share, a study of an existing painting. It’s a great way to practice skin tones, colour, atmophere and emotion, so let’s take a look…


Oilpainting master study of John Waterhouse's Lady of Shalott

Master study based on J Waterhouse’s painting The Lady Of Shalott


  • Original painting (availability x1)
  • Oil paint on Arches cotton paper
  • 41 x 31cm
  • Supplied unframed
  • £300 (free shipping)

Purchase the painting here.

A Gift from The Studio…

by becqua on March 19, 2024, in the News category

Today’s art quote…

“Don’t think.

Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

Ray Bradbury


In the spirit of the quote above, I’ve been loosening up and not overthinking things. I’ve been doing some loose sketches, starting on the iPad in the Procreate app, which is a lot quicker and a lot less messy than oils!

One of my projects was to create a few digital images as preparation for some potential paintings. I’m pleased to offer these preparatory sketches as a FREE DOWNLOAD – only for my lovely newsletter subscribers.

three art prints of women in black and white on a wall
Set of A3 prints – oil painting preparatory sketches


black and white loose sketch of a woman leaning her head on a wall

One of the 3 images included in your digital download


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Unveiling a Portrait of a Subscriber…

by becqua on February 24, 2024, in the News category

Today’s art quote…

“I decided to start anew-to strip away what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. This was one of the best times of my life. There was no one around to look at what I was doing, no one interested, no one to say anything about it one way or another. I was alone and singularly free, working into my own, unknown-no one to satisfy but myself. I began with charcoal and paper and decided not to use any color until it was impossible to do what I wanted to do in black and white. I believe it was June before I needed blue.”

Georgie O’Keefe


It’s been a while. Welcome to my first update of the year! I hope you’re having a wonderful 2024 so far.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their photos to me as part of my inspiration project (if you want to get involved subscribe to my newsletter). After a few months away from the easel I selected Rachel’s photo. Thanks Rachel! Initially it was intended to be a sketch but ended up being a more finished fine art piece. Oil paint and gold leaf on Arches Papier.

portrait of Rachel oil on paper 2024

‘Rachel’ oil on paper

A self-portrait in oils

by becqua on October 23, 2023, in the Fine Art category

A recently completed new self-portrait painting in oils. The painting is titled ‘A Funny Kind of Grief’ and is captures the mood of a particular day.

Oil painting self-portrait of a sad girl with clown make-up

Small Studio Sunday Virtual Art Exhibition

by becqua on August 20, 2023, in the Fine Art, News category

Hi there!! We’re getting closer to the opening of the Small Studio Sunday event for independent artists.

Small Studio Sunday is a virtual art show that takes place on Sunday August 27 2023. Artwork by 50+ independent artists will be featured in a Website Gallery. Throughout the day a number of artists will be presenting live demos, studio tours and art talks across Facebook and Instagram. The Small Studio Sunday Gallery website will help visitors and buyers connect with the artists during and beyond event day. It’s going to be a fun and informal event to support emerging artists.

Hope to see you there….sign up here for your invite.

webpage showing the small studio sunday online art event

Oil Painting Masterclass with Rosso Crimson – June

by becqua on August 12, 2023, in the Fine Art category

Continuing the online mentorship with Rosso Crimson. This month we worked on paler skin tones and the overall palette, the colours we’ve used for skintones throughout the course are:

  • Titanium white
  • A pre-mixed blue-grey
  • Yellow ochre
  • Naples yellow
  • Cadmium red
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Indian red
  • Ivory black

Time was limited this month due to other commitments so I did a quick sketch, oil on paper, just to get some more practice in mixing and painting faces.  As you can see I didn’t completely like two of them. The expression on the middle one was quite intriguing so she survived. As an underpainting this was quite successful….and with more time I would work on the lighter tones.

painting skin tones in oil paint on paper


Oil Painting Masterclass with Rosso Crimson – May

by becqua on July 30, 2023, in the Fine Art category

Continuing the year long class, in May I worked on the florals and adding the background.  I went for a grey/blue to offset the orange/gold of the underpainting. This painting is now finished and I’ll announce when the next collection is available for sale. So if you’re looking for original artworks for a minimalist living space then make sure you’re on the email list. Sign up here.

Oil painting of a Black girl with flowers around her neck

Oil Painting Masterclass with Rosso Crimson – April

by becqua on May 8, 2023, in the Fine Art category

April’s class saw Rosso develop the abstract flowers in her portrait plus the addition of background colour. I’ve started some florals, and will gradually add to these. Not brave enough for the background yet so this is very much a work in progress.


Portrait created in the Rosso Crimson Mentorship programme - April

Oil Painting Masterclass with Rosso Crimson

by becqua on April 12, 2023, in the Fine Art category
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I’m focussing more on portraits this year and signed up to an oil painting class by Rosso Crimson. Here’s the description of the class from Rosso’s website:


“Mentorship program taught live from my studio in London. Learn how to develop a full figure painting which departs creatively from the initial photographic reference. The mentorship programs includes over 3 hour video content where you’ll learn a step-by-step guide to develop a full figure painting as well as 12 live three hour workshops.

Starting from January 2023″

I’m unable to attend the live zooms but am watching the replays and getting feedback via the classroom. Oil painting created so far based on a photo reference supplied by Rosso, working on initial blocking in, and skin tones:

Portrait created in the Rosso Crimson mentorship programme

Juliette Belmonte Portrait Class

by becqua on January 15, 2023, in the Fine Art category

Virtual Portrait Workshop October 30 – November 20 2022, and here’s how her website describes the class:

A mixed media portrait workshop with Juliette Belmonte.

In this four week workshop, students will learn to incorporate found objects, fabrics, sentimental objects and papers to create multi layered mixed media portraits. We will be working with acrylic paints and water based mediums. There will be some feedback during class hours and I will hold “office hours” on Zoom for two additional hours throughout the week for personal feedback and questions.

It was the first time I’ve done an art class via zoom, and meeting Juliette and the other students was great. Seeing how everyone’s work progressed over 4 weeks with Juliette’s suggestions was greatly beneficial. She shares her process on how to tackle the dreaded blank canvas and gave detailed feedback on colour-mixing and how she approaches the use of mixed media. This class gave me the confidence to tackle portraits and to keep the parts of a painting I like and happily keep adding layers to crate the overall result.

fine art semi abstract art mixed media painting of a beautiful woman