View of Seaton Carew Beach and Hartlepool from North Gare Beach. Sand dunes at North Gare Beach. Last Sunday I had made very sensible, serious adult plans that involved going to the ‘toon to go to the bank, and while I was there seeing an art exhibition. This coincided with the fake spring we had. […]
Plein air- snow, trees, railway bridge.
I went away on holiday, and it snowed here! I just caught the last day before it melted. Here’s the new set up! I forgot paper towels. Note assistance dog number two exiting stage south. Preparatory sketch and brush roll. I was aiming to keep the details loose, and capture the light in clear blocks […]
Painting in the woods
I was watching a youtube video by Stefan Baumann. And the video boils down to: if you want to get better at painting trees…. go paint trees. So that is what I did. I walked out my studio and dragged my stuff with me. I parked in front of a tree I knew would have […]
The more eagle eyed among you might notice that my dogs have snuck into a pet portrait commission. You may also notice a fourth animal. This was done as the client is a family friend and and our dogs often played together. They also really liked my masters show pieces based on Africa and camouflage, […]
I used to have a camera that had no video capabilities. I tried to remember to take sequential photos of my paintings. I would always forget after a certain point. But here are the ones I found of my painting of Sam and Aya. It was painted in the spare room, using the square method […]
King of the castle
She’s finished! Took me quite a while as she got put on hold for commissions and when I was sick. I also had an attack of I’m going to mess this up and put off this final finishing touches. There was also the emotional component as Aya is sadly no longer with us. She was […]
Varnishing with Gamvar
The best part of finishing an oil painting is the varnishing. All the juicy colour fades as the oil paint cures, but a swipe of varnish brings it back to life. I’m using Gamvar here, as I just have to wait for the painting to be touch dry before you can apply. Six months is […]
By the seaside
If I’m painting soggy seascapes I need to go to the sea, never mind the weather. One of my earliest childhood memories is eating a picnic in the car while it rained so much the road flooded. We could see the sea, before the car steamed up. For my first trip I went to Blackhall […]
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas/Festive season and a great new year. I have a confession though, I haven’t been drawing everyday. Head cold arrived on the first of December and hasn’t really let go. I feel exhausted doing things like getting out of bed and lying on the couch. As a result the […]
The hardest part….
…. is putting the finishing touches on, and debating whether or not they’re ‘ruin’ their piece. I usually encourage a more gunshot attitude (I am very good at telling my students to put more shadow in, height lights etc) but when it comes to commissions, my knees are knocking, and my hands are shaking. Luckily […]
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