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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Allotment to the viaduct, oil painting on board.

Started this painting as a plein air piece, and then finished off in the studio.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Crackington haven stormy sky

Oil painting painted from a plein air watercolour of Crackington haven on the north Cornwall coast, finished off the painting by using a painting knife to give the rocks etc a sculptural look.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Towards Pew Tor, Plein air oil painting.

Plein air oil painting of Pew Tor Dartmoor, painted in a two hour session.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Kings Tor and Pew Tor, looking south. Plein air sketch.

With a window of opportunity with this unseasonably weather we're having, I decided to grab the chance of a couple hours painting on Dartmoor, unfortunately we had a downpour half way through the session, which caused the paint to run, so had to correct the mishap.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Saltram in the rain watercolour from a plein air study

Saltram estate near Plymouth, a National Trust property, this watercolour was done in the studio from a plein air study, which on the day was a overcast and wet day in the summer of 2014.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

West Dartmoor Art Group annual art exhibition Peter Tavy village hall

Love to see anyone who is in the area at our annual art exhibition, I will be there on Saturday the 18th between 12-6pm, entry is free, and there is ample free parking.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Feeder stream for Burrator reservoir Dartmoor, oil painting.

Oil painting of one of the feeder streams that supply Burrator reservoir on Dartmoor.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Walkham house at Bedford bridge

This is my latest watercolour from a plein air sketch of Walkham house which is just next to Bedford bridge, also known unofficially as Magpie bridge, which lies between Yelverton and Tavistock.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Pen drawing workshop with Ian Pethers

We had a workshop the other evening with Ian Pethers, who showed us how he establishes his pen and ink drawings, where I thought they seemed quite intricate, was in fact controlled scribble, but very effective, below was my effort working from a photo.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Final stage of the portrait workshop with Colin Pethick

Completed the third and final portrait workshop with Colin Pethick, an excellent artist and tutor, as this was my first attempt at a completed portrait in oils, using a live model, I believe I have learnt a considerable amount about working from life.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

First portrait painting in oil paint (2nd stage) tutor Colin Pethick.

This morning we had the second of three sessions at this portrait painting in oils, we had to measure to see if the angles were right in relation to other features, also to continue building up the image.

Monday, 13 April 2015

First portrait painting in oils, workshop with Colin Pethick (1st stage)

Following a demonstration by Colin Pethick at our local art club, I thought I would attempt a portrait workshop with him, this is over a three week period, one morning per period, to allow each sitting to dry before the next stage, never done a portrait from a model using oils before, so this is a learning workshop, will show each stage as I go.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

"Winter trees in the Tamar valley" another painting knife oil painting.

This is another knife painting in oils, of winter trees leading down to the Tamar valley, on the border of Devon and Cornwall, where JMW Turner stayed and painted in the area.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Painting knife practice sketch with water based oils. "Storm over Cornwall"

This was done all with a painting knife with no initial drawing, as I am admirer of Alan Cotton who is famous for his wonderful painting knife oil paintings, I thought I would see how working without a brush  and just using these unusual instruments would end up, even though I was a little conservative on the use of the oil paint, I was quite pleased with the result.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Sailing off King Billie, oil painting on box canvas

Sailing off King Billie, is an oil painting done on a box canvas, was painted from a plein air sketch, the scene is looking across the river Tamar towards one of the original slipways of Devonport dockyard next to the statue of King Billie.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lake Orta Italy

Oil painting of Lake Orta in Italy, painted from a photo too place the main elements, then added figures and used artistic licence to create the atmosphere.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Workshop watercolour of silver mug and napkin on a mirror.

This was a workshop where we had to paint silver items and their reflections in a mirror, quite an interesting test of observing shapes within shapes.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Mount Edgcumbe house and country park watercolour sketch

Sketch of this beautiful house across the river border of Devon and Cornwall near Plymouth, this was done following a coeliac meeting held there couple of months ago, the country park has so much inspiration for sketching and painting you would be in artistic heaven.