Paintings

In the past decade I have concentrated on paintings that try to portray nature at close quarters. Not a nature that requires a TV trip to the tropics with David Attenborough, but one that can delight us all in every hedge and ditch, or at the bottom of the garden. I have been inspired by the Dutch flower painters of the 17th century, and by many generations of Japanese artists. The work is all composed in the studio, assembled and layered from a wide range of detailed sketches of the plants and animals that appeal to me pictorially.

"To See the Rose and Woodbine Twine"
"To See the Rose and Woodbine Twine"

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2005-6), 24 x 37 1/2ins (61 x 95.2cm).

Ayrshire Links with Stonechats
Ayrshire Links with Stonechats

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2006-7), 24 x 37 1/2ins (61 x 95.2cm).

A Southern Heath, Dartford Warblers
A Southern Heath, Dartford Warblers

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2006-8), 24 x 35ins (61 x 95cm).

The Barley Harvest
The Barley Harvest

Acrylic on plywood (2007), 12 x 13 1/2ins (30.5 x 34.3cm).

A Jack amongst the Bistort
A Jack amongst the Bistort

Acrylic on linen, laid down on plywood (2007), 11 x 8ins (28 x 20.3cm).

A Gap in the Hedge
A Gap in the Hedge

Acrylic on linen, laid down on plywood (2007), 8 x 11ins (20.3 x 28cm).

September Corner
September Corner

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2005-2009), 19 1/2 x 30ins (49.5 x 76.2cm).

Summer Song
Summer Song

Acrylic on linen, laid down on MDF (2008-9), 24 x 32ins (60 x 80cm).

South Ayrshire Set-aside
South Ayrshire Set-aside

Acrylic on plywood (2008-9), 16 x 24ins (40.6 x 61cm).

A Juicy Bramble
A Juicy Bramble

Acrylic on plywood (2009), 9 x 18ins (22.9 x 45.7cm).

Little Pike 1
Little Pike 1

Acrylic on linen, laid down on panel (2012), 9 1/2 x 5ins (24 x 12.7cm).

Nuthatch in Spring
Nuthatch in Spring

Acrylic on board (2014-15), 27 x 16 1/2ins (65.5 x 42cm).

©Chris Allan