Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Cottage in Spring, Cumbria
Oil on Board, 22"x16"

Sunday, 27 October 2013

From Grizedale
Oil on board, 8"x10"
A recent plein air sketch.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Whitbarrow looking North
Oil on board, 24"x30"
Finished, (for now)
Morecambe Bay from
 Arnside Knott, Evening.
Oil on canvas 40cmx40cm
If you linger on Arneside Knott until the sun sets you might be rewarded with a spectacular view over the bay.
This one was painted partly from memory and partly from previous plein air paintings and photos. I used a painting that hadn't worked as the background and painted this very quickly. 
Winter Beech Tree,
Oil on board 24"x20"
Indoors I enjoy working with bright high chroma colours.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Whitbarrow looking north

I'm still here and working on some larger paintings indoors at the moment. I'll post some more later.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Oil on Board,  6"x8"

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Brimham Rocks

Went to Brimham rocks in Yorkshire yesterday. An amazing gritstone outcrop with hundreds of huge worn rocks. Incredible potential for painting and photography. I shall post photos of my paintings when I get them done.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Witherslack Woods, Whitbarrow.
Oil on board 8"x6"
Witherslack Woods
Oil on board, 10"x8"
I got two done the other afternoon at Whitbarrow. Both were adjusted slightly afterwards to increase colour and contrast. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Myers Allotment Silverdale.
Oil on board, 6"x8"
This is the piece I was working on when I took the photo of my lightweight pochade a few days ago.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

On Gait Barrows
Oil on Board, 6"x8"
Plein air study but adjusted slightly later to warm up some of the tones and to increase contrast and definition.
Gait Barrows is a very important National Nature reserve near Silverdale in Lancashire. It has spectacular limestone pavements and still holds important colonies of rare butterflies and plants.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Lightweight Pochade setup
This is a photo showing my lightweight setup and the adaptor I made to take 8x6 inch boards in vertical format. The adaptor has an adjustable sprung holder which extends to 8".

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Saltcoats Pond
Oil on card, 8"x6"
A plein air study from a couple of weeks ago.
Alders along the Wyre
Oil on card 6"x8"
Plein air study.
The morning started bright and sunny yesterday, so I set off toward the Trough of Bowland with my paints. I pass through Abbeystead to get there which is a favourite spot of mine and one I've painted before. The view along the river as I passed looked really inviting so I decided to stay there. I set up looking up the river and and worked for about an hour and a half. By now the light had changed and the view I had started had gone. I got to the point where things should be coming together and realised it just wasn't working. So I wiped it off and turned my pochade around facing downstream and painted this one. I've painted this tree before but from the other side. I really like the blue-green colours in the bark and the strange shapes of the trunks.  

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The River Kent, Sedgewick
Oil on board, 8"x10"
First time out with paints for a while. I have been intending to paint at this spot when I got a chance. The River Kent goes through a narrow rocky gorge at this point and is used by kayakers to practice their white water skills. It was quite fun watching them take the falls. Most got through OK but occasionally one was turned sideways and would lose it.
The colours in the water were hard to see so I made them a little higher key to give a bit more impact.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Ullswater, moonlight
Digital sketch

I've been doing quite a few imaginary digital sketches on my tablet recently.