Welcome to my Blog
I am pleased to welcome you to my blog and though I am a complete novice when it comes to blogging I am excited by the possibilities it presents and look forward to showing you my work, the work that some of my students produce and to answering any questions you may have about aspects of the work, techniques used or just discussing painting and drawing.
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Monday, 10 April 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Clun Castle The Finished Painting
After some more deliberation I decided it did need the Rooks, they give the painting a bit of life and there's something about Rooks, Ravens and Crows that give castle ruins a sense of the Gothic, probably to do with Hollywood and the Hammer House of Horror, but I like it!
Friday, 17 March 2017
Clun Castle Stage V
I painted the grasses and flora in the bottom right hand corner using my two haired brush, no this is not an exaggeration I took two hairs from a decorating brush and taped them tightly together to a cocktail stick, made some well wetted paint with painting medium and painted each blade of grass a method which is actually a lot quicker than it sounds. Next was to paint the wild flowers on the hillside, some yellow (Ragwort I think) some white ones and some blue ones (I'm no Botanist).
I put a little more variation of colour on the middle distant trees and the field to the left and signed it thinking I was finished, however having now lived with it for a day have virtually decided to paint in some birds which will constitute the final stage, watch this space!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Clun Castle Stage I
This is a tonal sketch painted in Raw Umber acrylics to try out the composition and have a look at some of the major tonal elements of the scene, once I am happy with the composition I start to paint in Winsor and Newton 's 'Artisan' water-mixable oils.
I start by blocking in the main elements of the sky and the landscape beyond the hills and am now very happy with the overall effect and can see in my minds eye how the painting will look when I have finished.
I put some more darks and lights in the distant landscape creating greater variation in the patchwork of fields. I then paint in the field in the bottom left hand corner and add more highlights in the trees.
Next I block in the silhouetted castle ruins in readiness to add more detail to the stonework a little further down the line.
I am using a fairly limited palette using the following colours...
Titanium White; Cobalt Blue; Raw Umber; Alizarin Crimson; Cadmium Yellow Light; Yellow Ochre; Raw Sienna and Payne's Gray
Thursday, 22 December 2016
An Amazing special offer on this holiday!
2017 Sketching & Painting Holiday near St. Emilion at Le Manoir de Gurson
Week Starting Saturday May 6th
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Friday, 2 December 2016
Don't forget to come and have a look at the Christmas Open Studios exhibition at Tapnell Farm, 'The Cow Company' this Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. Lots to see and do! I shall be painting a few mates for 'Snowy' so you can see how I do it. I will have my full selection of Christmas and Greetings Cards of my artwork for sale and full listings of all my classes, workshops and painting
holidays available for 2017.