Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Jewel

Meadow Grasshopper

ink and watercolour on Bristol board

This little jewel hopped on to my trousers from the grass. I was surprised to find there were so many types of grasshoppers with variations of colours. He seems to cope with his missing leg. Do you thinkhe will make a good decoration for the text panel?

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Sunday, April 06, 2014


ink and watercolour on Bristol board

More dercorations for a text panel for the 'Wharf Stream Way'.  This flower was a little difficult to  use for a decoration as it grows in large groups on slow moving water. So I have opted for the vase of Iris look,

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Decorations for a text box


ink, watercolour on Bristol board

One of the text boxes for the interpretation panel of the 'Wharf Stream Way' includes info on the management of the stream.  Jane, who is producing the map of the walk, has illustrated the animals. My interest has always been for the plants and I have a collection of photos based on these walks. So I have chosen some of my favourite flowers as decoration for this panel.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Watergate on Wharf Stream

ink, watercolour on Bristol Board
200 x 150 mm
£150.00 unframed

This is my interpretation of what the watergate would have looked like on the wharf stream for the 'Wharf Stream Way'. I discovered that there many variations on what a watergate would look like and that there was not a difinative answer. Talking to some River People they felt it would have been what they called a 'Flash Lock'.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Finding Eynsham Wharf on Wharf Stream

I will be posting my interpretation  of the "watergate"  on the Eynsham "Wharf Stream Way" shortly. I have still failed to find a photo or drawing of the Wharf on this stream. However I have been handed a pile of photocopies which "may be of some use"! 

So firstly we have a hand drawn map of the wharf dated 1828.

Then on a cutout of a modern interpretation of the 1828 map.

So lastly is a satalite view of the area with 'wharf stream', 'side stream' and 'inn' marked on it.

This is the closest historical photo I have found of the area showing the bridge over the stream with the Talbot in the background.

I think the interpretation of the wharf will be based in part on a lot of my imagination!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St Helens Passage

St Helens Passage

St Helens Passage
ink and watercolour on paper
200 x 159 mm
Lorna Marrison
£75.00 unframed
120.00 framed

I like old time worn brick walls. Their colour  is far more interesting then modern bricks.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014



oil on canvas
£260.00 unframed

A Morris dancer at the end of the day strapping on his bells in preparation for dance. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Logo design

Spring Acre Small-holding

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Sring is coming.


The light has returned and I have started finishing the paintings left over in the Autumn .

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Hertford Bridge, Oxford

Hertford Bridge

Hertford Bridge
AKA the 'Bridge of Sighs',
New College Lane, Oxford
Graphite on Bristol Board
200 x 300 mm
£135.00 unframed
I liked this view as a night scene. So chose to use small marks of graphite to capture the nuances of dark and light. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve 2013

A Happy Christmas and the best New Year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Morris Dancer

Eynsham Morris Dancer

‘Morris Dancer’
graphite and coffee on paper
300 x 200 mm
Matted in a duck egg blue frame

This drawing has taken three and a half weeks to complete. It was started for the #LiveFriday folk night at the Ashmolean Museum. Morris dancers come in many forms but here I was looking for the spiritual  side.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

My night at the Live Friday event at the Ashmolean

My night at the Live Friday event at the Ashmolean

The Friday Night Live at the Ashmolean was exciting. A big thank you to all the peope who stopped by to look and like my work and to the staff who made me welcome. Finally a thank you to my friends Lucy Traves and Adam Lawrence who stopped by to give me support.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look for me tomorrow

Look for me here tomorrow .


Saturday, November 09, 2013

Ashmolean Musum LiveFriday Event

My work will be shown at this event in some form. Exactly how is yet to be decided.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sheldonian Theatre Gates, Oxford

Sheldonian Theatre Gates, Oxford

Sheldonian Gates, Oxford
ink and watercolour on paper
200 x 150 mm
Lorna Marrison
£75.00 (unframed)

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The New Triton outside the Radcliffe Humanities in Oxford.

The New Triton outside the Radcliffe Humanities in Oxford.

The New Triton outside the Radcliffe Humanities in Oxford.
ink and watercolour wash
298. x 196. mm
Lorna Marrison

Triton was the son of Poseidon, the sea god, and was comanded to blow on a shell trumpet to calm the waves.

 Here I show a sexy hunk stradling the waves and blowing for all he is worth. So the next time you pass the Radcliffe Humanities check him out.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Second Pass

Second Pass

This is the second pass on 'Jim's Family'. All looking very pale still as I am putting the under-painting into place. I am adjusting structure and I am unsure how to deal with the shirring on Sarah's top. Painting is all about problem solving.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Our local Bread Ship

Eynsham Bread Shop

I have spent the week drawing this view of our local bread shop whilst waiting for the oil paint to dry on my other paintings. Eynsham is a large commuter village that manages to keep it's sense of comunity.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Under painting of the flesh

Under painting of the flesh

This is the under painting of the flesh with a little bit drawing in oil on the figures. They look very pale because the glazing of colour will darken the darks. I am very happy with the composition of the figures. It is not traditional but does show this family's liveliness.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Beginning

Jim's Family

Whilst I wait for the cat painting to dry enough to do more painting I have made a start on 'Jim's Family'.  It's on a 40 z 60 cm extra fine grained, oil primed canvas. I have transfer the drawing on to the canvas with graphite and you can now see the start of the underpainting.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sketch for the Cats' Commission

Sketch for the Cats' Commission

My client has approved this water soluble crayon sketch for the commission.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

A commission from earlier this summer.

The Music Room, Eynsham

Sharing a commission from earlier this summer. A gift for a new bride.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013




I have another commission to paint some sister cats called Sam and Ella (boom, boom). Sam with her short fur is the easiest cat to understand visually. Ella has long fur which does not even reflect her body is tricky.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Choose a pose?

The boys with their Mother.

The Trio


I have met the boys for my new portrait commission and they were a delight. I now offer three poses for their parents to make a choice. I emphasis that these are not good liknesses but ideas for how the painting is going to look. Two are small sketches and one is a tracing of  two combined photos. When a choice has been made I will do a more detailed drawing.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Poses for the next commission.


I have finished my last commission and I have started the prep for my next one. It's a triple portrait of three boys. I work from thumbnails (small sketches) and photos. The boys and I have not met each other yet so these sketches will be usefull for comunicating the poses I would like to see.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Comission

Garden Studio

I have a new comission which I can not share with you yet. In the warm weather the studio moves into the garden gazebo and when the sun moves round I can only work with the fan blowing. However, I am now so warm that I am retiring to my bed room for a siesta. Will work later.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Beano, the DIY Cat


Friday, June 21, 2013

Study of Geoff Hogan for 'Stomp'

Study of Geoff Hogan

Drawing a value study allows me  to simlify my tones and stops me from cluttering the final painting with detail.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Stomp in Colour


15. x 20. cm.
Lorna Marrison
I am still thinking of doing a larger oil painting of the Morris men. This study shows me that I am still getting bogged down in the local colour of things and not 'designing' the look.

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