|#18 Investigating the Boat oil on canvas 8x8"|
Sunday, 7 October 2018
|#17 Evening Sun at Borthwen oil on canvas board 12x10"|
A race to get this done before the tide came in and the sun went down. The colours were changing rapidly but it was so calm and beautiful, it was lovely to paint. Borthwen in Anglesey.
|Soon after starting, getting the colours in before it gets too dark|
Sunday, 1 July 2018
|#14 A Welsh Farmhouse, oil on board, 12x10"|
Another trip to Anglesey. I painted the view away from the sea this time, looking out across the fields towards a nearby farm. I started off by painting the composition in burnt umber and then began putting in the darker tones of the hedges. The sun was setting very quickly behind me so the colours changed dramatically and by the end the fields and my painting were bathed in a warm orange glow.
|The half way stage|
The field next to me had quite a few horses in it and this beautiful old stallion kept me company the whole time I was out!
Thursday, 14 June 2018
|#15 'Spring Garden' oil on canvas 8 x 8"|
Friday, 8 June 2018
|#14 The Eyebrook in Spring oil on canvas 8x8"|
I used burnt umber to mark out the initial shapes and to get the dark tonal values down. Then I mixed the main colours and got a bit of each in place so I could see how the colours would work together. I spent longer than I wanted to on the painting so next time I want to concentrate on working more quickly and not overworking areas.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
|#13 Slawston Hill from Welham oil on board 12x10"|
I haven't been very good at posting in the last month. I've got a bit to update so there will be a bit of a flurry of posts now.
It was a lovely sunny morning when I painted this view across the Welland Valley in Leicestershire. When I started the sky was completely clear but the clouds came over half way through which I was pleased about as I've been wanting to get more practice painting clouds 'en plein air'.
I set my easel on the side of a quiet single track road and I had quite a few cyclists and farmers stop to see what I was painting. It's lovely when people take a real interest and often they like to talk about their own experiences with painting which is nice.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
|#12 'The Eyebrook in the Rain' oil on canvas board 12x16cm|
|Getting the composition down and the darkest values|
|The painting covered in rain drops|
I had to simplify the composition and use a much looser style and the wet canvas would not let me get small details down. Although I probably wont keep this one I really enjoyed overcoming the difficulties the rain presented and there are many aspects of the painting I like which are a direct result of the elements.
Friday, 27 April 2018
|#11 'High Tide, Borthwen' oil on board 12x16"|
At first the headland in the foreground was too bright and distracted the eye so I scraped off and re-painted. It works much better with the more muted green helps to create the cooler Easter atmosphere.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
|#10 'The Tide on the Turn' oil on canvas board 10x8"|
|In progress in the studio|
Monday, 16 April 2018
|#9 'Early Spring, Borthwen' Oil on Canvas Board 10x8"|
|Plein air painting, Anglesey|
Saturday, 14 April 2018
|#8 Mothers Day Morning Oil on Canvas 5"x5"|
It was also the first outing for my new Open Box M plein air easel. It was as good as I'd hoped it would be! Lightweight, versatile, a large mixing area and the smell of the newly oiled wood is beautiful.
|My new Open Box M easel on top of the hill|