Saturday, 10 December 2016

Time for a small wintery painting!

Jackdaw keeping warm - oil on gessoed card, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
Last week was very chilly and I thought it was time for a winter picture.  The weather promptly turned warmer!  Maybe we artists can manipulate the weather!  

I saw this bird one autumn in Devon and was struck by the intricacy of the distressed chimney pot and the relative plainness of the bird which is of course, just as intricate but not necessarily at first glance.  I hope you can feel the warm air ruffling its chest feathers.

The colours in this image very slightly fail to show the cooler sky which is better in the original painting.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Chalk deposits, Botany Bay, Kent - a contemporary version

Chalk deposits, Botany Bay, Kent (contemporary) - oil, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)

While painting a previous more impressionistic version I kept thinking that I should try to interpret it in a different way as it seemed to be an ideal subject with which to try.  Simple as it looks, it was quite hard not to tighten up.  There's a lot going on just off the beach with rocks, seaweed, green slime and many pieces of chalk.  A lot of interruptions certainly didn't help keep the mind focused on the way I was trying to interpret the scene!

I've been away from the easel far too much for a long time and doing small works does help me to get back into things.  Fewer square inches with which to be disappointed when things go wrong! However, I do have urges to paint quite big once I'm 'tuned' back in.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Late Autumn Sale - 20% off Sale of some of my paintings

From 26 Nov - 5 Dec there is 20% Off several of my paintings at https://www.artfinder.com/alix-baker  Other works on my website: enquiries about prices welcome.

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy
One of the paintings in the Sale

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A watercolour after a very long break

A couple of months before the uprising in Syria we were exploring this fascinating country so full of antiquities.  This shop is in the Roman town part of Bosra in the south of Syria not far from the Iraq border.  Bosra is a most historic place with many ancient buildings and an amphitheatre with stunning acoustics.   When we had clambered up the steepest terraces we had ever seen in an amphitheatre, there below was a man who was demonstrating the areas to stand for performers to produce different projections of sound.  Damn clever, those Romans!

Curiously, there are a few people living in the remains of the ancient houses.  This building intrigued me as it required me to depict so many different facets and textures.  Ever since art college in London, where the Thames in those days had so much lying in the mud at low tide, I've been attracted to rust and rubbish!

Syria: Closed until further notice (water media, 28 x 40 cm, 11 x 16 inches)



Saturday, 29 October 2016

'Cleaning Crabs' new owner

My 'Cleaning Crabs, Penang' has reached its new home in California and I've just received a lovely email from the customer:

"Cleaning Crabs arrived in fine shape yesterday. It is wonderful, just as I'd hope it would be and I LOVE it!!  Well worth waiting for. Boy, you really know how to wrap a painting. :)  I was a nervous wreck as I cut and prodded and tore, not knowing how many layers until the actual painting...but quite excited.  Like a kid on Christmas morning hoping it's the present they really wanted.  It was! Thank you so much.  I will enjoy it forever."

Friday, 21 October 2016

Sailing off to a new home


On the Mud (acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 8 inches (25 x 20 cm)
This small painting of Lizzie, Alice and Friend has found a new home as a result of the Private View last night of the Army Arts Society exhibition in Salisbury.  It was inspired some time ago by a day in Dartmouth.  Three 'girls' nestling in a corner at low tide on a comfortable bed of slime and squelch! What could be more pleasant!


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

An exhausting week with highs and lows

Cleaning crabs, Penang, Malaysia (oil, 12 x 12 inches; 30 x 30 cm)
High point is that this painting is off to its new home in California.  It was painted as a result of visiting Penang in February.  The amazing colours of his shirt and the buckets attracted me but were difficult to paint.

Co-organiser of the annual Army Arts Society exhibition Salisbury with the Private View tomorrow night.  It runs to 5 November.  Very frustrating as the gallery we are renting is not yet fit for purpose (having been assured it would be), causing delays in setting up and days of extra work.




Thursday, 13 October 2016

A reminder of warmer days!

Blue Shutter and Clutter is a painting I've been meaning to do for a few years.  I took the theme from a window I espied while in Gourdon near Grasse, France.  However, to improve on the title I added some bits and pieces and repositioned others that were actually there.  I was in two minds as to whether to make the wall fairly plain but decided gently-suggested irregular blocks of different shades of sandstone gave it more of a feeling of somewhere rustic and sun-soaked.

It is a reminder not to forget to look up as inspirational things are lurking up there!

Blue Shutter and Clutter (oil, 10 x 8 inches)


Thursday, 6 October 2016

'Gallery Girls' has a new home!

My 'Gallery Girls' is off to a new home but one where I'll continue to see it which is a bonus as I'm rather fond of it.  The paintings they are looking at are a suggestion of those done by a superb artist friend Sue Fawrthrop.

Gallery Girls (oil 10 x 8 inches, 25 x 20 cm)

A busy week away from the easel!

I had a reasonably successful time at the Art in the City exhibition in London and sold 2 originals (1 framed, 1 unframed) and a cartoon print.  Milna is an intriguing place and packed with wonderful things for artists to paint.

Rousay (the Great Island of the Dead) is a most historic iron age place - a fantastic treasure of a place.  I'm not sure whether I have painted an ancient slipway or it is the remains of a building where the sea level has risen.

Milna, Croatia (acrylic 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm)

Eynhallow Sound from Rousay , Orkney (oil 8 x 10, 20 x 25 cm)

Mildred, what do you mean "Go and bother the Cake Stall"?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Art in the City exhibition 3-5 October

Second day of the exhibition and I went up to London for the reception for Masters of the Livery Companies of the City of London.  Lovely surprise to find that I had sold a painting and a print on the first day.  My print of Mildred, exasperated by her husband, is always a popular one!

Milna, Croatia (acrylic, 8 x 10 inches)

Mildred, what do you mean "Go and bother the Cake Stall?" (print)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Wallop Artists' annual exhibition, Wiltshire

I was unable to exhibit last year but this time round I sold 2 prints and this original oil.  Also, I'm told there was a toss up between me and another artist being the public's choice but I lost by 1 vote!

Cornfield through the trees
Oil, 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm)

The Devil finding work for idle hands!

This subject just asked to be painted and posting it the day after Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour Party was purely coincidental - honest!  A couple of of the sheep have iPods and, yes, one has a blue (Conservative) tie!  Diane Abbott is the driver.

Ram-packed!
Acrylic inks 22.5 x 32 cm

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A sale today!

This little painting has just gone to a new home in Arizona.  Sold through Daily Paintworks' auction. I have a larger slightly different version which is 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm) available through my website.  A fascinating subject to paint as it shows so much of old China.  A traditional wood-fronted shop can be seen on the right.

Village gateway, Shaxi, Yunnan Province, China
6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm)

Friday, 16 September 2016

Botany Bay, Kent

At last a painting done after a long gap!  This bay normally has chalk deposits in the shallows and rather pristine sand.  Sometimes the chalk lands higher up the beach and I thought I would capture that to make it more lively.  Painted with painting knives.

Chalk deposits, Botany Bay, Kent
Oil on Ampersand board 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Featured Artist at Art in The City exhibition   
I will be the Featured Artist at this exhibition and showing paintings and prints.  This is an annual event of high quality work at affordable prices from a number of mainly professional artists working in several disciplines.   Painters' Hall is a few yards from Mansion House tube station.


Monday, 12 September 2016

Now the busy autumn begins!  It's the same every year and I'm never ready.  September to November are extremely busy with the last 3 exhibitions of the year.  The first of the autumn is this local one in which I will have paintings and prints.


I've been travelling in Norway and have just had a weekend in wonderful Cumbria so lots of ideas - just need time to paint!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

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Those not at a Sale price - enquiries welcome if anyone wants to make offers.

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Sunday, 31 July 2016


Storm moving in.  Oil, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
To place a bid in the auction please click here.

Trying to get back to painting after quite a long while.  This little painting exercise is on the Daily Paintworks website and available through auction.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Ken Howard
Yesterday was the Private View of the Armed Forces Art Society annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London SW1.  The exhibition looks tremendous and the Out of Line contemporary part in the Threadneedle space in the gallery is our best yet.

My fellow Painter-Stainer, Professor Ken Howard RA came by during the afternoon to select a painting to receive the Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers prize.  He spent a long time looking and great care choosing.

The exhibition was opened once again by Kate Adie.  She last did us the honour in 2006 when I was Chairman.  Clearly, she's worn better than me!

(Present day photos by Karl Hamilton-Cox AFAS)

2006

Tim King (current Chairman) and Kate Adie in front of my 6 paintings (in grey frames)

Monday, 11 July 2016

I have added a Print shop to my website.  The prints featured are ones that have proved popular at exhibitions and open studios.  Payment is through PayPal and the process could not be simpler.

There are also 2 prints under Military.  They are the last I have in stock of those subjects and both are from official commissions.

Any problems with my shop's functions, do please let me know.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Yesterday I heard that my 'Veterans, The Stade, Hastings' won Special Merit Award in the online Figurative Art Exhibition of Light Space & Time. 612 entries from 26 countries, 10 top winners then Special Merit.

Veterans, The Stade, Hastings (oil, 10 x 8 inches)

ARTFINDER: Catching the breeze, Argyllshire by Alix Baker - This was inspired by a holiday on the coast of ...

ARTFINDER: Catching the breeze, Argyllshire by Alix Baker - This was inspired by a holiday on the coast of ...
This needs to find a home to loosen up space on my wall.  Please follow the link for more information.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Off the Wall

This painting is off to a new home having been bought late last night.  I enjoyed creating it a few years ago and having it on my wall but I need the space.  The upside is that it was bought by someone I know - a lovely surprise.

Aber Draw, Pembrokeshire - acrylic, approx 13 x 13 inches

Friday, 27 May 2016

Taking a nap in the shallows

In March, when in Penang, I was walking along a rather unstable wooden jetty, missing or loose planks, gaps to negotiate - part of it can be seen on the right side of the painting.  This fishing boat was lying so peacefully and patiently waiting for the tide to come in and its crew to arrive.

 Low tide, Penang (Telak Bahang)
Oil on canvas board, 12 x 16 inches

A Threesome in the Afternoon!

The reason for posting so many things today is that I had to rebuild my blog as the previous one had glitches that drove me mad over the last several months.

This painting is for an exhibition and was inspired by a couple of days in Lyme Regis last October.  Glorious weather and glorious place full of inspiration.  One afternoon I looked over the harbour wall at low tide and saw dozens of ideas to paint and these 3 boats were just below me.  The light was lowish and everything was so clear.  The different shapes and states of repair, the stagnant water in the lefthand boat part in shadow, yummy stuff for an artist!

The cheeky title of this post is definitely not the title for the painting!

A Tangle of Tracks and Tenders
Oil on canvas board, 12 xy 16 inches

A colourful painting from a recent holiday

In March I was in Penang, Malaysia, and saw this man outside a covered market doing the rather messy and smelly job of cleaning crabs, presumably before they were to be added for sale on
a stall.  His shirt drew my eye and I thought it would make an interesting contrast to the flat, smooth surfaces of the buckets and bowls.  I did begin to lose the will to live tackling all the shapes but I was happy with it in the end.

Cleaning crabs, Penang
Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard, 12 x 12 inches


A proper wintery scene!

On a skiing holiday a few years ago I saw this stream, made some colour notes, took a quick photo and added them to the In-Tray or Leaning Tower of Pisa as I ought to call it!
For more information, see the post below for 2 February - a small painting of part of this larger view.

Alpine Stream
Oil on canvas board, 16 x 12 inches

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Another subject that has been nagging at the back of the tiny mind!  Old villages on the Jebel Akhdar of Oman are full of wonderful things to paint before they disappear to the ever-advancing march of breezeblock buildings.  These villages still have buildings virtually unchanged from bibilical times.

 Village gateway, Oman
Oil, 40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 inches)

Monday, 22 February 2016

".....and another thing...."

Another from sketches that bubbled to the top of the in-tray!

School run gossip - oil 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inches)


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Get that warm feeling on a winter's day!

This was a painting from notes made when on holiday on Lemnos many years ago.  On a dark, cold and wet winter day I needed something to transport me somewhere warm and bright and my notes scrabbled their way to the surface.


Derelict farm, Lemnos, Greece - acrylic on gessoed card
20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inches)
It is available through auction: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/509526

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Something a little chillier for these warm winter days!

This is a little painting that's been in draft form in my studio for a while.  I walked over a bridge crossing this little stream while on holiday one year in Wengen, Switzerland.  I've used my notes to help me get started painting again after too long a break.  I think I may go back to the subject and treat it in different ways sometime.  


Alpine stream, Oil 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)

New limited edition caricature print - The Royal Regiment of Scotland

I should have posted so much since the last one in August 2015 but life took over!  I've been far from idle in the art world but sadly not able to find time to myself.  Here is something that was printed and released in the autumn.  It was commissioned by The Royal Regiment of Scotland and is a limited edition caricature available through my website http://www.alixbaker.com/military-caricature-shop/


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