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, 22 December 2016
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.
Monday, 28 November 2016
Here in the final stage I strengthened the lights and darks of the hedges and grass verges, put in the shadows, leafs, suggested some stones and detritus, painted the dappled light in the foreground and finally painted some stronger shadow lines under the roofs of the outbuildings to make them a little more three dimensional. I could have gone on fiddling but this is not a good thing to do so I signed it and called it finished!
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Into The Farmyard, Widecombe Stage III
I have added detailing to the foliage of the trees on both sides of the painting, put in some vegetation around the base of the buildings and indicated the tree trunks on the right. I have also put more work into the hedgerow and grass verge on the left and finally I have done a little more basic work to the track and ground either side. Next I will work up the detail of the foreground and then the highlight which will be the dappled sunlight of the entrance and track.
Friday, 18 November 2016
I have been short listed for the Jackson's art drawing competition and it is now going to public vote on Facebook. If you like my drawing in pen and ink of Great Dixter I would much appreciate your vote! See the link below.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
My book has gone to re-print and is now available once again and can be ordered through my web site shop at www.murrayince.com at a special price of only £7.99 + P&P for the first 50. I will of course sign your copy if you like. It contains much information and some step by step demonstrations.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Into the Farmyard, Widecombe Stage II
I have done a little more work on this painting since it started life as a demonstration at the Isle of Wight Art Club last month. I have worked up the buildings in the farmyard and strengthened some of the surrounding trees. Watch this space for the next stage!
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Mount's Bay, Cornwall
Just off the easel, I think this one is finished but will need to live with it for a little while before I declare it finished, playing about with it at the moment would just be fiddling!
Into the Farmyard, Widecombe (stage I)
I painted the above picture as a demonstration to the lovely Isle of Wight Art Club having already painted an Acrylic grissaille (monochrome underpainting just so that I could see that the composition worked and so that the audience also had an idea of what it might look like when finished. I promised to post each stage here so that they could follow its progress, so more to follow
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Tennyson Down from The 'Military Road'
The three paintings that I have posted here are all in square format, this format suits many scenes and allows you to crop, cutting out unnecessary peripheral detail but equally it is a great format for printing greeting cards which seems to be a very popular choice. This painting uses the old railings as a 'lead in' (no longer there) to the Bay in the distance and Freshwater Bay House, the HF Holidays house which stands overlooking the Bay and the chalk stacks. Stag Rock and Mermaid Rock, Arched Rock used to stand between the two but was sadly claimed by Neptune in 1992.
This unusual viewpoint for a painting of Stag rock is from just outside one of the caves and is looking
west towards The Needles with the far side of Freshwater Bay visible behind the stack on the top of the cliff at that point stands Fort Redoubt, one of 'Palmerston's Follies'. I enjoyed painting this one and the challenge of making the rocks and pebbles appear to be under the water with the reflections over the top.
Sunlight on the Bay
Clearly visible in this painting are Mermaid and Stag Rock. The challenge for me here was to convey the sparkle of the sunlight on the water. I used the marker buoys as a lead in to the picture.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Low Tide, Brook Beach
Monday, 4 July 2016
I don't know if any of you were interested in the Sketching and Painting holiday that I am leading for HF Holidays in Puglia next year but if you were then I suggest that you don't leave it too long before booking. I had an e-mail this afternoon to say that it will definitely be going ahead as it had just become viable as six people had already booked on it. The brochures were only sent out last week!
We would be out every day and among the highlights of this holiday are visits to; Altamura (base), Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for the round Trulli houses, Polignano on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Trani, an ancient fishing harbour with waterside cathedral and Matera, the 'subterranean' city, one of the oldest towns in the world and surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Saturday, 2 July 2016
Friday, 1 July 2016
|Bishop's Bay, Loch Leven|
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
|Bishop's |BayLoch Leven|
I have Bishop's Bay on Loch Leven here to the stage where I need to paint in the yachts and then their reflections and then all of the movement lines of the water. Then I will complete the sky and sky reflections. Keep an eye open for my next post...
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Monday, 13 June 2016
|Bishop's Bay, Loch Leven|
I very recently returned from leading a landscape painting holiday in water-mixable oils with some lovely guests at Alltschellach, on the edge of Bishop's Bay, a lovely spot on Loch Leven. The lawns of the house sweep down to the bay pictured above, inspiring scenery which I intend to do a studio painting of in the coming weeks. I did a little sketching and took many photographs whilst helping and encouraging the guests with their paintings. My next painting holiday lead for HF is at Church Stretton in July to which I am looking forward to.
Below is my most recently finished painting which is of Waterhead on Windermere, like the photograph above I very much like the reflections which are a joy to paint.
|Waterhead on Windermere|
Monday, 25 April 2016
Monday, 22 February 2016
|View Toward Villefranche de Longchat|
Are you interested in coming to a glorious region of France to spend a week drawing and painting with me? We are offering a substantial discount on the holiday to fill the few remaining places. I have been to Le Manoir many times now and know the area and the destinations for our fantastic excursions intimately, this means I can show you those tucked away subjects that are terrific to draw and paint as well as great places to get a coffee and a bite to eat. On the subject of eating, the holiday includes all evening meals and breakfasts and four of our lunches, the other three lunches are on our excursions where we can discover the delights of eating out in France and where I do this regularly I know some great places for lunch to suit all budgets.
Airport transfers from Bergerac are included as are the excursions. For more information about the holiday check out the web site, here is a link...
Normal price for painters £700 - Special offer price £625
Normal price non painting partners/friends £500 special offer price £450
We have to arrange and pay for our own flights but this is very reasonable and dead easy as flights are direct from Southampton airport!
I really hope that some of you will join me to paint and experience this beautiful, historic region of France and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of our hosts,Charmaine and her family at Le Manoir De Gurson.
The flights from Southampton airport is direct to Bergerac leaving on the 14th May at 10.55 flight number BE3643 and flying back on 21st May at 14.10 Flybe flight number BE3644 at a return cost of around £225
Be sure to Quote special offer code MAY14 when booking with Charmaine at Le Manoir.
Very Best Wishes,
Thursday, 4 February 2016
|Ox-Eye Daisies Final Stage|
The final stage was to strengthen some of the shadows on the petals, brighten some of the leaves, place a few yellow centres in the distant flowers and the final touch was to add the Ladybird on the closest of the blooms which I carefully placed approximately a third of the way in from the right and about a third of the way up from the bottom making it a strategically placed focal point. As you see, not just thrown together!
Monday, 1 February 2016
Monday, 25 January 2016
I am running various sketching and painting holidays on the Greek island of Samos and in Bergerac, France this year and have put the links to the sites for your interest, why not treat yourselves, come and join me on one of these fantastic painting holidays?
|Pastel Painting, Chateau De Gurson, France|
|Samos Fishing Boat|