Inspired by the Tour de France

This year I have decided not to do a painting a day for the tour. Its a way of finding the images that are very personal for me to paint and being able to dip in and out of the race. When the sun shines I want to be able to enjoy the few days we get of the Scottish summer.

Peter Sagan sprints to victory

I have put lots of layers into this. Yes, believe it or not this started off with a yellow base and then overpainted with pink. I then started building with prussian blue. I have deliberately left out all branding and focused on the colours and shapes of the riders.

This painting is available framed or unframed from Garth Bayley Art

Giro d’Italia in pictures

This year I’m capturing the great Italian cycling race with images from each stage.

Keep and eye out for the paintings as they are created

The first two are done and I’ll make a new image for each stage of the race. All the paper based images will be £150 unframed

To set the mood a created an abstract painting inspired but the colours of the leader jerseys

I’ve not got this one on my website yet but it’s open to offers

Back in the studio creating new work for the Tour Down Under.

Last week I came back to the studio with a big push for the Tour Down under. I have drawn the race for the last few years with a daily artwork. I like to mix up the mediums but the main focus is in inks as they quick and allow me to just go with the flow without having to wait too long for drying times. All works are available on

Ballet dancers in red

Ballet is created on beautiful lines and shapes. If what you hear and what you see mesh, there’s a very thrilling experience.      

Martin Fridman

Ballet Dancers in red 

I started working with this image while having classes with Judy Lund in Pietermaritzburg about 15 years ago. At the time I couldn’t move forward with it and it lay as a sketch in my draw for years. I think I needed to experience ballet to be able to move forward. Being able to bring the feeling of the dance into my work took years of working and this painting has just come home from one of Glasgows top galleries. 

I’ve hung it in the guest room so it looks like Im taking you on a tour of our home room by room.

A View From the Easel

My studio is in a room in my home in Scotland. As you can see, I work on a number of projects at once and tend to spread out. My partner thinks I’m crazy because I don’t always close the drawers of my plan chest where I keep works on paper. The top on the chest is the right height to stand and work. Next to the chest is a reading chair where I often contemplate where I’m going next on a work, and it has a good view of what’s on the easel. (I have lunch here deciding what needs to be changed on the easel.) The tables make a good area to work on admin and paint. Most of my work happens on the easel or on the floor. I can let go with more abandonment here, and I have a rug over the carpet to protect the home flooring. It’s also warm, as tend to work barefoot.

Take a look at my studio where the magic happens
My messy studio and view my art at 

Cycling gear but no idea

cycle art

Do you have a cycling fanatic in your home with all the latest gear? Got he shorts and the head gear, the gopro and the lightest fastest bike time to think out the box for that special gift. Commision a personalised painting of a special moment or choose from my range of cycling pictures of cyclists. It could be a cycling hero or a specific race that takes my fancy to paint. I aim at capturing the movement and colour of the race with the personality of each showing through.

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