What’s it about?

Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. Murray Crescent is my art website and it is intended not only to showcase my own work, but to give a helping hand to those who are thinking about taking up painting, just starting out, or indeed are seasoned artists who want to get a bit more involved with like minded folk. The site will evolve as the need takes it, but for the time being, it will give you an insight into my own way of going about making original art. My painting does not conform to a particular approach, as I love the unpredictability. Some artists feel that they have to work towards a recognisable style and I have no problem with that. Indeed, some commercial practitioners would struggle to obtain work without their clients knowing what to expect (greetings card manufacturers, for instance, often give their artists pretty tight briefs*, in order to respond to current trends). But for me, the joy of applying paint to a support is the freedom of experimentation.

You will see here a selection of both finished images and work in progress. Rather than explain them in minute detail, most are left to your imagination in an attempt to provoke your thoughts. Feel free to comment Рsome will be made available  for sale, while others will remain as inspiration for the future. If enough people respond positively to the idea of purchasing quality signed prints, I will look into this Рthe first few enquirers will also receive an individual note, as a thank you for being in at the beginning.

This website has been designed and implemented by Jared Rigby of maketotaldesign.com and it has been a pleasure working with him. There are millions of websites around, but I am happy that Jared’s level headed approach, not to mention his patience, have produced a user friendly, informative site which will grow into an exciting adventure for all participants. His BSc (Hons) stands him in good stead and anyone in the market for a new website, or an update to an existing site could do worse than to have a chat with him. For me, getting back to the plot, art is an essential part of my life and I hope that this web presence conveys my passion for art and my interest in those associated with it.

Commercial break: This website is sponsored and as such, you will have to indulge me from time to time as the odd car rears its head. Buying and selling “special” cars has been my other passion for decades. As something comes along, I will keep you posted. Let’s face it, most people who paint also drive. Many of my regular car customers are artists or art appreciators, so if you are in need of transport, we do have a great deal in common.

Check out www.highlanegarage.co.uk and www.mursoncars.co.uk from time to time. Plug over! Oh, and by the way I could probably have worded *pretty tight briefs better, as I can think of nothing worse than painting in anything but old, comfortable clothing, but I’m sure you get my drift.




15 thoughts on “What’s it about?

  1. We’ve both viewed your new site and find it easy to use,
    easy on the eye and well presented. I am a Sept.(Virgo)
    and am ruled by order and geometric shapes in the main.
    I am not comfortable with abstract shapes although I
    do appreciate montages of colour. I therefore find your
    work interesting, but not really something I could live with. Helen, however, is a lot more open to ‘Daliesque’
    painting and compliments you.

    • Dear Stephen and Helen. Thanks for your feedback and I appreciate your comments. As the site develops, I hope to show some examples of work of others, which have earned their place here on (in my opinion) their originality and merit. I will be interested in your further comments as things progress. Regards, Peter.

    • Hello Viv.
      Thanks for making contact and I hope you keep looking in from time to time, as I hope the site develops a ‘buzz’ to inspire people at all levels of artistic ability. You are a good example of progress in a relatively short time and any aspiring artists out there would be pleased to progress as you have done. Maybe you could send over a couple of recent works and one of your first ones, so that we can encourage others? Peter.

    • Cheers, Bill. Glad you like it. If you have a hint or tip for other artists (and I know a man of your talent must have something to share) please feel free to post it (or them) on the Hints and Tips page and let’s get this website rockin’ for the benefit of all those people who want to have a go, but don’t know where to start. (Bill, modest chap that he is, paints nearly every day and uses a wide range of media. He doesn’t know it yet, but I want to include some of his work on my website to show you the diversity and capability of the man. Watch this space, people!

  2. I have watched your work change and grow which I must say is also great encouragement to others. It shows if you keep working and enjoying your art it will grow naturally. Also you are not scared of taking chances, which is why you achieve such diversity. I love the site and think it is really easy to navigate which is good. So good luck to you and all those who join you.

  3. Peter, I love the web site, which is very easy to use and your work looks great. You are an artist who doesn’t conform to the norm and who can most definitely think outside of the box. Looking forward to seeing more of your artistic messages and great work.

  4. What an addictive site you have developed – easy to negotiate – and with some fascinating work. Look forward to seeing more.


    • Hi, Stella. I haven’t had much time to add to my new site recently, as the cars have been busy (32 retail and trade sales handled since Jan 2nd) and yesterday sold 69th painting from the HLG gallery, but watch this space. As reported elsewhere on here, have had interest via this site in three of my paintings and three of Hugh Winterbottom’s from a Manchester graphic artist, who produces greetings cards, prints and wrapping paper. He has taken them to Birmingham for photographing – will let you know the result. Fingers crossed! Keep looking in. I’ll be putting some more content on soon. Regards, Peter.

  5. What a great and easy-going website run by what a great and easy-going guy! I have met you Peter just a couple of days ago for the first time, but I am so pleased to know such an enthusiastic, helpful and down-to-earth guy like you with so much passion for art.
    Some interesting styles by some really talented artists (including you!) displayed on this website.
    Just carry on Peter, wishing you all the best with this website,

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