Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Painting from the model

When I was finished with painting the model on Sunday, I turned my attention to the other artists...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sutton on sea with Maisie and Mabel

Sold Sutton on sea
I was missing the sea last week, so today Maisie, Mabel and I headed east, to Sutton on sea. It's a long drive from here, but well worth it I believe! So peaceful to be by the sea, every time.
Oils on canvas panel, 24 x 30 cms. Click to bid if you would like to know about the auction ;)
Maisie had a ball too, although what happened after she drank the sea water I do not even want to tell you... suffice to say, it wasn't pretty.



Beach hut studio anyone? mmm, me too!

Mabel, hard at it



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Philip

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Philip
I've been at a workshop today painting from a model. This was quite a slow piece for me - I guess I spent around three and a half hours on it, and it's only small - 10" x 8". Oils on canvas panel. I had the luxury of time on my side, we had the model all day so I didn't want to rush. I looked and looked and looked and so carefully built up the colours and tonal values that I could see. Having placed a brushstroke of a certain colour I let it be, which is why I tried to be sure before I made a mark.
Hard work, all that intense concentration! I am very pleased with the results though :)
After that I did a fun piece which I'll post soon!
Tomorrow I'm going on a trip with Maisie and Mabel! I'm very excited!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Garden corner

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Garden corner
Oil on canvas board 10" x 12". I think the black background worked well for this. In fact I've left the black in a lot of places - the dark shadowy area behind and in the lower foreground. I love painting alliums and delphiniums. Soon be that time of year! We're having a very mild sunny spell just now and spring is definitely in the air!
That chair looks very inviting...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rectory garden

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Rectory garden
I've decided to put this painting up for auction but I have to tell you, it's one of my REAL favourites. Be warned, I have to keep visiting rights!
Oil on canvas board, 30 x 24 cms, started plein air and finished in the studio.
I'm even going to offer free postage on this one!

In the way of new things, I haven't got much to show you today except I continued working on this one..
it's not finished yet...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Garden painting

Rectory garden

Clare's garden, coldframe

The Walshes Garden


I've been doing a lot of work on the computer lately, and looking through my painting archives. That probably sounds a lot more efficient than my process really is! ;)
I have lots of garden paintings under my belt, as it were, and I really enjoyed looking at those. I didn't have much painting time today because of the computer work and I was keen to try out one of those black gessoed boards, so I started on this little garden scene...


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

San Giorgio Maggiore at night


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San Giorgio Maggiore at night
 No I haven't gone completely mad or been on a flying visit to Venice, but I have just found this plein air painting from 2010. I loved the way the San Giorgio Maggiore church was lit up at night so I took Mabel along (she was quite new then, and was carrying acrylic paints on that trip) and painted the view through the gently swaying gondolas at about ten pm. I had my friends with me and it was fun! They weren't painting but you know, laughing and dancing and twirling around at our good fortune to be there! :)

Today I've been painting my friend who is stuck at home with a chest infection and sinusitus. Too poorly to argue against me bringing my paints round, poor love. Unfortunately I haven't got very far with her face yet..

Monday, February 20, 2012

Poorly and busy, but back!

Four plein air pieces, needing a little extra something...
What do you get when you cross three birthdays, two birthday outings, one party, cake making, present wrapping, an overnight stay in Yorkshire and your eleven year old son changing bedrooms into what was the guest bedroom where you stored oodles of art materials and other miscellania WITH a horrendous cold that sees you blowing your nose every other minute and coughing every five minutes throughout the day AND night? No painting and no blogging for nearly a week that's what!! Apologies for my absence!!
Joyously I'm back, back in the studio today and here's what I've been 'breaking myself in' with...
I've found the four plein air paintings pictured above which all need a little extra work. The sunset was painted only a few weeks ago and below that my god daughter painted in a friend's garden in 2010... the two on the right painted on my last trip to Venice...

Also I've been excitedly playing with my new small and extremely portable pochade box... what we will call from now on the 'dog walking box', or even better 'Rover'. I ordered it from http://www.pochadeshop.co.uk/ and so far I am delighted with it. I now need desperately some 6" x 8" boards!! I had a lot of fun kitting it out and had a complete rejig and refresh of my usual Mabef pochade box too (we call her Mabel). Here they are together..

Little and large 
Ooh look at all this promise of paintings yet to come...


As if that wasn't all excitement enough I went the whole hog and prepped twenty six boards... yep, pretty sure I'll be in the mood for painting tomorrow!


Sorry for chatting too much, I must have missed you! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last of snow

I'm having a very busy week with three birthdays in the house so if you don't hear so much from me that'll be why! This is the snow I was painting 'en plein air' on Friday, now I'm working on it some more in the studio and nearly all our snow has melted! So this may be the last snow painting for a while...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sunset over snowy paddock

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Sunset over snowy paddock
We've had plenty more snow here and yesterday found me up a snowy hill with paints and sledge. I was battling the elements a bit, kept slipping on a patch of ice, dazzling myself with the sun and even dropped the painting face down in snow. It was around that point that I decided to go home for a lincolnshire sausage and red onion sandwich. Later, after coffee with my friends (Friday ritual!) I went to the studio to continue working on that canvas but found myself increasingly distracted by the view out of the window of the sun setting. Hence I grabbed a small prepared canvas panel and this little piece was born. It really reminds me of a sunset I painted on the beach in Brehat last year.
I love painting sunsets but you have to be so quick, and try to fix your first impression of the scene in your mind as you continue to paint. It all changes so soon, everything, not just the sky!
This painting is sold, but Sunset over snowy paddock is available now at auction, oils on canvas board, 20 x 20cms.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fred's paddock in snow

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Fred's paddock in snow
I loved the long deep shadows and the pinky warmth from the setting sun, the patterns of the stone wall broken up by snow and the way the trees seem to huddle together, bracing themselves for more snow to come...
Oils on canvas board, 24 x 18 cms

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Last snow in the lane

Last snow in the lane
I have been having a ball getting out and about painting the snow! Mind you, it took me about four hours to warm up after painting this one! Sorry to the Fulbeck ladies that I didn't make it back to the hall but I didn't get this finished until after 1pm! I went in search of remaining snow and as you can see in the background we still have the fog hanging around! I loved the character of this ivy clad tree and think I will return here in another season.
Oils on canvas panel 24 x 30 cms

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sheep in melting snow

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Sheep in melting snow
The sheep painting from yesterday, with the fog creeping down the hill towards us. Oils on canvas board 18 x 24 cms.
I have spaces available on my 'Let's sketch' workshop on the 23rd February at Fulbeck village hall, 10am to 3.30pm. Lovely new sketchbook included in the workshop price! Email me if you are interested...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Melting snow and fog

The snow is melting and we are still in the grip of fog! I went to National Trust land at Belmont tower and it was the sheep that made me stop and set up easel. The fog descended and thickened all the while I was there. I intended to paint the tower at the top of the hill after I had finished with the sheep, but after an hour I couldn't even see the tower!

Good time for a coffee break!


This is the painting when I left. I had to do a little tweaking and finishing when I got home. I added a standing sheep in the middle distance, and particularly worked on the background to gain an impression of the fog coming down the hill. I'll photograph it tomorrow and bring you the finished painting.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Snow day Sunday

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Snow day Sunday
Finally the snow I've been waiting for! It snowed all evening and we woke to a lovely blanket of white but there was a surprise with it - thick fog! The fog lasted all morning and I dragged my paints around in vain trying to find a subject. Trying to see anything in fact! In the two hours it cleared this afternoon I set up in this field near home and am so glad I did. The sun was weak at best but I'm happy that it came out to illuminate the snow for me.
Oils on canvas board 24 x 30 cms. The paint is fresh and wet (like the snow) but this one is up for auction now and the auction ends in seven days. Click on the link if you'd like to bid!
Here's me dragging my paints around on a sledge in the fog...


Friday, February 3, 2012

Lincolnshire mud tracks series

Lincolnshire mud tracks 3
Painting three is finished in my mud patterns series. I'm really pleased with how it's all going. Who would have thought there could be so much colour in a muddy field? I'm seeing colours everywhere, brighter and more vibrant, the more I look for them. It's exciting trying to translate that into paint.
Camera's just don't see it the way I do! I was frustrated walking Maisie late this afternoon around this same area, with a light covering of snow remaining on the colder areas of soil and the sun setting. I was seeing pink on the snow, orange on the grass, snapping away with my phone but my phone just wasn't 'getting it' at all.
I need a really small and light pochade box for 'just in case' moments like this one when walking the dog... does anybody know where I can get hold of one that won't cost a huge deal? Let me know!

Here are all three 'muds' so far together, and tonight I am putting up for auction 'Lincolnshire mud tracks 1', so just 'click to bid' if you'd like to know more about purchasing it... Bon weekend!


Lincolnshire mud tracks 1



Lincolnshire mud tracks 2
Sorry, I am sold

Lincolnshire mud tracks 3
Not for sale presently


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Matilda and Callie

Matilda and Callie
There's the puppy, and her bone! Even though it was freezing cold outside today my conservatory studio was toasty warm with the underfloor heating on and the sunlight streaming in! I was feeling guilty for painting in such luxurious comfort so I sent myself out at dusk to paint the sunset, it was 0.5 degrees C but I was well wrapped! I'll be able to show you that soon but I can't get a photo of it tonight and it needs more work. The sun goes down way too quickly once it's made it's mind up that that's what it's going to do...
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