Tuesday, 22 November 2011

 Sunderland Point, afternoon
Oil on board, 18"x24"
A studio painting done from an earlier study and other references. I was keen to try to maintain the immediacy and freshness of a plein air study on this larger scale. The figures were included with the help of photos taken at the time. I was careful to treat these loosely and in the same way as the rest of the painting.
I started the painting with acrylic washes to quickly establish values and the positioning of the main elements. Once dried, the painting was continued in oil.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Jura, from Kilmory Bay, evening.
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
I'm begining to discover the possibilities of painting directly into the light. 
The Isle of Jura from Kilmory Bay
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
A very quick sketch one blustery evening. The paps of Jura would vanish and re emerge as the clouds swirled in off the sea.
Eilean Loain, Loch Sween, Scotland.
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8
I painted this over a couple of hours one afternoon on our recent trip to Scotland. There were otters swimming just offshore and an osprey flew overhead carrying a fish and calling loudly, presumably to its mate.

Sunderland Point
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
This is a view on Sunderland Point on the west side of the Lune estuary. It is directly across the river from where I live.
It is a small village with several very old houses and was once the port for Lancaster further up river. The village is reached via a winding road that crosses the saltmarsh and which is completely covered at high tide, cutting it off from the mainland.
The Shore at Allithwaite
Oil on gessoed card,  6'x8"
A quick sketch done after work a few weeks ago. This is a lovely spot along the shore on the north side of Morecambe Bay not far from Ulverston.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

On Foulshaw Moss
Oil on gessoed card  6"x8"
It was a muggy close evening after work a couple of weeks ago. This is an important reserve for dragonflies and a myriad of other insect species, most of which were biting me!!
In Tarnbrook
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Lane to the shore, Arnside. 
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
It was rather dull and drizzly yesterday evening when I painted this. I sheltered sitting in the back of the estate car with the door up. When I'd finished I was on my way in about five minutes. I usually have quite a long hike back to the car 

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Cottage in Tarnbrook
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
Done last weekend immediately after the previous painting. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Lane into Tarnbrook
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
Done on location last Sunday. I  worked on it a bit when I got home to correct one or two values. For example I had made the sunlit stone wall the same tone as the grassy area behind. I altered the values making the wall lighter and the grass darker. The elements then fell into place. 
The hillside behind is Tarnbrook Fell, historically the finest grouse moor in England.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Scots Pine in a Churchyard,
 near Kendal
Oil on gessoed card,  10"x8"
I had a couple of hours after work the other evening and found this fantastic location on the way home. The church of St Peter's near Endmoor is positioned on top of a small hill with fabulous views all around. The churchyard itself has been allowed to grow a bit wild to encourage flowers and insects. There are numerous mature trees including several superb Scots Pines which must be my favourite of all trees.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

River Conder
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
Done on location. 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Near Tarnbrook, Forest of Bowland
Oil on board, 8"x10"
This was the scene I referred to in an earlier post when I was painting in Tarnbrook a while ago. I was able to make a good start before I was rained off and finally got round to finishing it this afternoon.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

From Whitbarrow
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"
Done on location. I had a bit more time last thursday evening after work when I painted this. I parked up at Witherslack school and walked to the top via the narrow footpath which traverses the steep slope. This is the view looking north west up the Winster valley to the Cumbrian fells beyond. While it was breezy on the top, the relentless wind seems to have abated at least for a while.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

From Arnside Knott
Oil on gessoed card,  6"x8"

A quick sketch from Arnside Knott this evening after work. The wind was blowing and getting more blustery as I worked. I was expecting rain but it held off. There were some superb effects of light which came and went far too quickly for me to capture. This is a hilltop which overlooks the river Kent estuary out to Morecambe Bay and gets fantastic evening light.
Looking at the painting again this evening I feel it needs more work separating the elements. However I'm not going to mess around with it. I achieved what I set out to do which was to explore the scene as a composition. I think this place has a lot of potential and is a site I can get to easily. I'll be back!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

River Wyre
Oil on board, 8"x10"
Sold

The afternoon was rather dull and windy. It had been threatening rain but I decided to have a look at the river Wyre near Abbeystead which is a place I know well. There are about a dozen of these magnificent old Alder trees in the adjacent field and along the bank. The crusty bark is covered with moss and blue-green lichen and some of them have wierd bulbous growths on their trunks. The river goes through a rather steep sided valley at this point and was relatively sheltered from the wind which was a relief. The downside was that the midges came out to play and I had no insect repellant with me.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

View from Yewbarrow
Oil on board, 6"x8"

This is a view of Whitbarrow seen from its neighbouring limestone hilltop. I worked on this one a bit after I got home mainly to increase warmth and contrast in the foreground and to separate the elements as clearly as I could to create depth.
I forgot my tripod so had to work with my pochade resting on my knees sitting on the ground, sheltering from the incessant wind under the shade of a yew tree. This hilltop is covered with stunted yew trees, from which it gets its name, and many ash trees. The dead tree in the centre is an old ash that couldn't survive the dry conditions.
I was looking out for Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies but it was a bit too cool and windy; I saw none.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Leighton Moss
Oil on board, 6"x8"

A windy afternoon the other day. I'm grappling with an ongoing problem for landscape painters, especially during the summer in Britain; namely too much green! Keeping the elements separate and creating aerial perspective is a challenge.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

A Lancashire Stream
 Oil on board, 6"x8"

Done on the spot with a few minor changes later at home. I started another painting after this one but the weather changed and it became very blustery. My shade umbrella blew inside out, it rained heavily all over my palette, and the plastic bag with my waste brush cleaning tissues blew all over the field. I must have cut a comical figure scrambling around in the wind and rain trying to retrieve them. Still, all in a day's painting I guess; especially in our weather.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Blue Boat, ebb tide.
Oil on board, 6"x8"

Another one done on the spot the other afternoon as the tide was falling. Quite a lot of reflected light on the photo. I'll try and get a better shot later. I find this an interesting subject and will return to it again.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Moored Boats, low tide.
Oil on board, 6"x8"

A quick sketch this afternoon. This is a subject I havn't tried before. Which is strange as it's literally on my doorstep. I find the large masses, the shapes and play of light very interesting. I'm going to try and have another look this weekend.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The Lane to Cockhall Farm, Thurnham.
Oil on gessoed card, 6"x8"

It was a glorious spring afternoon and at about four o'clock I decided the sun would be getting lower in the sky and would start to give some nice shadows. I drove a couple of miles to this spot which is a favourite of mine. This took a couple of hours and was done on the spot. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Pear
Oil on gessoed card,  6'x8"

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Milk Jug
Oil on gessoed card,  7"x5"

Friday, 25 March 2011

Across the Lune
Oil on gessoed card, 6"x8".

Done on the spot. This painting was done on the saltmarsh covered by water in the previous painting. The tide rises and falls a long way here and comes in very quickly. I was painting at another place further down the estuary the other day at around low tide and really begining to get into my stride when I became aware of the sound of water approaching. I looked downstream and there was a tidal bore coming upstream at some speed. I had to stop immediately and beat a retreat as the spot I was standing on would be innundated in a matter of minutes.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Hawthorns Near Glasson
Oil on Gessoed card 6"x8"


First time out with the pochade for ages. I managed to grab and hour or so this afternoon and walked down to the river where the tide was turning. By the time I'd finished, much more of the saltmarsh was exposed and the river was a thin strip of pale gray in the distance.
The hawthorns are a remnant of a very old hedge that follow a line down to the high tide point.


Saturday, 19 March 2011


Onions
Oil on Gessoed Card, 6"x8"

Just finished and still on the easel.