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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Watercolour sketch of WW2 HMS Ark Royal

Here is a watercolour sketch that I have just completed of HMS Ark Royal of WW2, this ship was torpedoed and sunk, I will be doing a larger watercolour in due course of the same subject with a Fairey Swordfish taking off from the deck, have also completed a sketch of the aircraft which I will post later.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Conte drawing on a dark background

This was a workshop we attended this week with Dave Cox who showed us how to work with conte pastels on a dark background, using black,white and mid grey pastels, good practice for observation skills.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Swiss alps watercolour near the Italian border

Study of a swiss alps mountain village, under the Matterhorn, we visited this place last year where I managed a few sketches and some photographic reference, the temperature at the time was 23c which was quite surprising being so high up.

For Sale.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Elephants at a waterhole mark making workshop mixed media

Attended a workshop today where we were mark making with different materials, the main media used was oil paints, now have too wait for the painting to dry before glazing further colours for shadows ect and reshaping the main elements of the scene.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Steps bridge, Dunsford woods Dartmoor Devon

Watercolour just finished of Dunsford woods near Steps bridge north of Dartmoor, I believe the river is the river teign,  painted the scene when the wild daffodils are out, I realise that there would not be as much foliage on the trees as depicted, but wanted a good splash of colour so I gave it a bit of artist licence.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Plein air rural scenes loose with large brush

Couple of quick plein air watercolours done with a large brush, one was done with very little drawing just some mark making whilst the other was done line and wash, your views would be appreciated.

For Sale

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Plymouth Hoe watercolour for the Walkhampton show

Just finished this line and watercolour wash painting of Plymouth Hoe, it will go on display at the Walkhampton art exhibition starting on the 29th August, the show is on until the 2nd September,  free entry, refreshments and ample parking.

For Sale.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Cremyll near Mount Edgecombe watercolour study en plein air.

Done this plein air study yesterday at Cremyll which lies just next to Mount Edgecombe estate which is across the Tamar river from Plymouth, we sat on the jetty looking out across the water, from where I painted one of the cottages on the front, this view looks up the river towards Torpoint. [click on the image to enlarge]

For Sale.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

jennycliff bay near Plymouth oil painting.

This is an oil painting done in the studio following a en plein air watercolour study that was done last month at Jennycliff bay near Plymouth with Fort Bovisand in the distance, the weather was very misty and overcast when we first arrived but cleared enough for us to complete a quick study before it came in again with the misty conditions, this painting along with the previous post will be on display at the Walkhampton Art exhibition which starts on Tuesday 28th August 2012. further details nearer the time.

For Sale.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Pottery jug with flowers, watercolour study in the style of John Yardley.

This watercolour study was done following reading a book about John Yardley who's work I also admire, I saw this jug of flowers that my wife was preparing to display, the light that was reflecting off the jug inspired me to try his loose style of working, this painting will be entered into the Walkhampton art exhibition starting on the 28th August 2012.

For Sale

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Saltram, National trust property, plein air study in watercolour.

This watercolour study of part of Saltram house estate near Plymouth, was done when the weather was atrocious, and I had to sit in the car with the windscreen wipers going to see what I was doing, was quite satisfied with the final outcome.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Plein air watercolour Bude canal Cornwall

Just had a brief interlude to this atrocious weather we have been having, so managed to get out to do this plein air watercolour of a fishing vessel moored up on the canal at Bude in Cornwall, took about two hours to complete including the sketching, clouds are starting to roll in again, forcast more rain on the way hooray.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

English rural village scene in watercolour.

This watercolour was created from sketches done at different times, then put together into this composition, comments would be welcome as to wether this has worked.

Friday, 22 June 2012

"Cotehele House" National trust property watercolour

This is a watercolour following a workshop with Michael Hill done last week at Cotehele house in Cornwall, it is a National trust property with beautiful buildings and gardens, plenty of inspiration, the only drawback was the weather which changed for the worst after about an hour of sketching outside, we then withdrew to inside where we completed two watercolours.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Line and watercolour of the Plymouth barbican

Whilst in Plymouth the other day having my car serviced, I decided to go to the barbican and complete some quick sketches, this was one Southside street that I decided to do at home using ink and a watercolour wash, kept it quite loose to get a fresh lively look.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Thames barge watercolour sketch

A small quick watercolour sketch of the thames barges at low tide, with very little detail to give just an impression, roughly sketched in with a 2b pencil and then laid in the washes.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Line and wash watercolour Smeaton lighthouse Plymouth Hoe

This is a line and wash watercolour just finished of Smeaton lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, done in a loose style with very little detail.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Blind contour drawing workshop

Blind contour drawing, what is it?, well on Monday we had a workshop doing exactly what it says, drawing a contour image without looking at your work until you have finished, fascinating, we were asked to draw our non drawing hand by looking at the contour of the hand and slowly scan in one continual line, this excercise is supposed to help hand/eye cordination, I have placed an image of my efforts, which I was fairly pleased with, will try a self portrait at some stage using this method.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Harbour seascape scene with boats at low tide

This watercolour was finished today, it is a commission where I was asked to create a scene from my imagination incorporating subjects that she wanted in the seascape, this scene would be typical of a westcountry fishing harbour.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Edward Wesson and his colour palette

I would have loved to had the opportunity of attending one or more of Ted Wesson's demonstrations, but unfortunately this never happened, his loose paintings and the way they were constructed are a great inspiration to me, in particular his pen and wash work, I have found it a little difficult to find information to the colour palette he mainly used it appears that they were mostly transparent colours and were warm and cool primary colours, it also seems that he used three different blues [French Ultramarine, Winsor and Cobalt],  I do not believe you should try to copy an artist's style you admire, but to take snippets of the techniques they worked with and improve your own style, any good reading or websites that you think would be of interest I would love to hear about.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Peter Tavy line and wash painting

Just finished this line and watercolour wash painting of Peter Tavy village on the outskirts of Dartmoor, the buildings on the right of the painting are new build houses, which do not have a lot of character to them, but aid the compostion.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Drawing phase of a line and wash watercolour

Sat outside this pub the other day and thought it would make an interesting painting, I have moved a few things around to help with the composition, but it has stayed mainly as it is, for those of you that know this area it is the Royal oak at Meavy in Devon, I first drew it in pencil and once satisfied went in with the ink, once dry I will then add the watercolour wash, will post it when finished.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Progress of latest oil painting.

This is the latest oil painting which has been blocked in, and is now being defined from the top working my way down the canvas, will be looking to change things if needed as I go, the scene is of our local river in Tavistock mid afternoon in early March, with the cows being added to give life to the painting and to aid the composition.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Blue boat Line and wash watercolour

I love the line and wash watercolours of the late Edward Wesson, here I have used a sharpened stick and ink to give a varied mark, once dry I laid in the watercolour wash in a loose style, I find that this spontanious way of working gives the work a fresh lively effect, your comments would be appreciated.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Mist our border collie puppy in watercolour

Here we have a watercolour I painted of our border collie puppy "Mist" over the weekend, It was taken from a photograph of her when she was twelve weeks old, even though she is still only seventeen weeks there is quite a change in her, she is so adorable.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

My interpretation of the scene at our recent demo.

This is my watercolour which was produced working along with Iain Grant at the demo last week.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Watercolour workshop with Iain Grant

Wednesday we had a workshop with Iain Grant, who is a local artist living just outside of Tavistock, a enthusiastic watercolourist who paints in a wet into wet style, he got us to follow in easy steps from the drawing to the completed painting, the painting subject was a scene of part of the Dockyard in Plymouth, which has since been sold off to developers, and is now private apartments and commercial units, here is Iain's painting of the scene which we had to follow.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Wet day in west street Tavistock watercolour

Finished this watercolour painting yesterday, painted from a photo as it was too wet to stand there in situ.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

"Into the light" exhibition from Impressionism to the early 1920's

Had the opportunity yesterday to go and see the exhibition being held at the newly refurbished Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter, the "Into the light" exhibition was arranged for the opening of the Art gallery after the refurbishment, this exhibition featured French and British paintings from impressionism to the early 1920's, artists that are represented are Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Cezanne, Whistler, Forbes, Knight plus numerous others, an excellent exhibition to see if you are in the area, it finishes on the 11th March before going on to warickshire I believe, this was my first opportunity to see impressionism by these masters in the flesh so to speak, a wonderful experience.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tavistock in the style of John Hoar

Following my workshop with John Hoar, I have tried this watercolour using his style of painting, quite pleased with the outcome although I still need to control what I am aiming for.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Watercolour of Paris

Visited Paris for the first time last year, what a beautiful city it is, cannot wait to go back, hopefully will have more time to explore next time we go, here is a loose watercolour I completed yesterday, not to sure what the name of the place is.

Friday, 17 February 2012

"View of Polperro" finished painting

Have just finished this oil painting "View of Polperro" I have changed the line of trees in the distance which I think adds to the composition by giving it more depth, finished off by laying in some glazing, have not captured the true colours on this camera image but very close after manipulating on Picasa [editing suite], any comments would be welcome.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

More paintings from the workshop with John Hoar

 Here are further paintings which I produced whilst at the workshop with John Hoar, I found it a fulfilling experience and have taken onboard one or two techniques which hopefully will benefit me and maybe help in improving my work.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Watercolour workshop with John Hoar

Just finished a workshop with John Hoar, who is someone who's work I have always admired, he paints very similar to Edward Wesson who again is another who inspires me, we managed to complete five pieces of artwork which was quite daunting, John and his wife are fantastic hosts and make you feel very relaxed, I have placed two of the five images for you to see, I will post the other images later, would love to receive any comments you wish to make, constructive that is.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Pencil drawing of our puppy

This pencil drawing is of our recent addition to the family [Mist] our Border Collie, she is twelve weeks old and I did this quick drawing of her whilst she was having a nap, it was done with a 2B pencil on a A5 sketch pad, which took about 15 minutes to complete.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Totnes Devon watercolour sketch

This watercolour sketch was quickly drawn to establish the main elements then washes of watercolour were laid in with little detail, approximately finished within an hour and half, the sketch was done from a photo taken last summer.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Oil painting progress "View of Polperro"

This is the progress of my latest oil painting "View of Polperro" as you have possibly noticed I have decided to change the title of this work, as it seemed to work better with the added figures and where they are looking.
Have added these other figures to help with composition, also added more boats and started to establish the tone and colour, bit more work needed to complete the painting.


Monday, 30 January 2012

Figures in watercolour

Further figure studies sketched in loosely and then with a watercolour wash to establish colour and tone, these will be used for later watercolour and oil paintings.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Figure studies in watercolour

Some of the figure studies I produce, which helps with your drawing and watercolour skills, some of these will be used in later paintings when required.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

More animal studies in watercolour.

Studies of sheep, which may be used in oil or watercolour paintings at a later date, these I find a form of practice of drawing and watercolour techniques.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Latest oil painting progress "Strolling through Polperro"

"Strolling through Polperro" The progress so far of this latest oil painting, will be adding further figures and boats into the composition and adjusting the tone and colour, will show you further developments as they are completed.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Watercolour studies of cows.

These are watercolour studies of cows, which I will use in future paintings, I find these a good excercise for improving your drawing skills, mixing colour and the use of watercolour.