This is ‘Epitaph For A Fallen Giant’ a watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. When I moved to Cornwall 22 years ago this tree became a special landmark for me. Standing majestic alongside the A395, it bore the brunt of what the westcountry weather could throw at it. Then one fateful day Storm Erik arrived. It took a Viking to fell it. I was really sad when I missed it dominating the skyline. That’s when I decided to remember it by painting it. Fortunately I took a photo of the tree about 10 years ago. I’ve replaced the road with a river… more fitting I think.
I thought it was about time that I painted again. As I said in my last blog, I don’t seem to have had much time to paint lately, and it is so easy to let things slide, so I finished this off today. It’s a painting of a Boathouse and boats somewhere in the Lake District, although I’m not sure where exactly, as I didn’t take the photo. The photographer is Sandie Bell and the Lake District is her favourite haunt. She takes such inspiring photos. I’ve called it ‘A Quiet Day At The Boathouse’ and it’s painted on Fabriano Artistico paper. Hope you like it.
I have a workshop tomorrow with Colin Pethick, who is a superb artist and tutor. We’ll be painting a moonlit harbour scene in oils, so watch this space.
Apologies once again for the lack of contact. It has been an eventful year so far, to say the least. My Mother-In-Law had a very bad fall the day after New Year and we’ve been back and forth to the Hospital ever since. I’ve also been recovering from a bad cold during the last week and haven’t felt like doing anything. My YouTube channel is also lacking updates. I haven’t published anything new on there since November last year. I have managed to paint this scene of Grassington though. It’s painted on a new (to me) paper which is Fabriano Artistico. It behaves a lot like Arches paper, but is considerably cheaper. Perhaps not quite as robust, but I shall be using it again as I had 5 sheets for Christmas as a present. Once againg I’m Indebted to Sandie Bell, who takes such wonderful photos. Hopefully it won’t be so long until the next blog.
Happy New Year (belated). I’ve been very quiet since November. I don’t seem to have had the opportunity to paint much. I’ve managed to rectify this with a watercolour of Golitha Falls that I did at art club this week. I used the same reference photo that I used for my Christmas card, but this is seasonally closer to the photo. Painted on my favourite Arches paper, Hopefully I’ll get more opportunity to paint now.
This is ‘ A Charm Of … Goldfinch’. A watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. I certainly have a charm of Goldfinches currently gracing my garden. Highest headcount so far is 18. This specimen is from the internet and was painted this afternoon at art club.
Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. Steven Cronin set a challenge on his Patreon site with this photo. Taken by Steven, it’s a night time scene at St Ives Cornwall. I used a very limited palette of neutral tint, light red and rose madder, with white gouache to bring out the highlights. I’ve videoed this and it is now available to watch on my YouTube channel.