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.
I forgot to add this painting I did recently for a video. This is ‘Winter Trees’ a watercolour on Bockingford NOT paper. 200lb. 1/2 imperial. Ted Wesson is one of my favourite artists. I love his loose style and limited palette. It was a joy to paint and the video is available on my YouTube channel Just click here if you’re interested. It lasts about an hour, but you can skip through it if you wish.
Well, it’s getting towards that time of year.The sun has been blazing today so I thought I’d paint this years Christmas card! I need a bit of lead time to get the cards printed. So here it is. ‘Golitha Falls in Winter’ a watercolour on Arches rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial. I thought I’d use a rough paper for the texture you can achieve with dry brush work. I also changed the season from the reference photo. The photo was an Autumn scene, but obviously, snow fits better with Christmas (at least in England), but saying that I can’t remember the last white Christmas (discounting Bing and Danny Kaye of course). I wanted the strong light source to silhouette the central trees. As I said, the reference source came from the internet as an autumn scene, but I changed the season to match a winter scene. I’ve tried to make the centre trees contre-jour (against the light) with a strong sunrise. I have made a video of the painting process for this and I’ve posted it on my YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiXIpSf8Fuo
Hi everybody. This is ‘Peek-a-boo!’ a watercolour on Arches CP (NOT). 140lb. 1/4 imperial. I found this charming picture on PMP the royalty free site. Such a cutie. Painted this afternoon at Art Club. See my ‘Paintings For Sale’ page for purchase.
I’ve now added a Paypal functionality to my website and reinstated my ‘paintings for sale’ pages. I’ve also introduced international sales. I will be adding more paintings for sale now that I’ve got it up and running so please re-visit my website if you are at all interested in purchasing anything. I can answer any queries via the contact button, or you can click here.
This is ‘Who Are You?’ a watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial.
I took this picture at Georges Cove, Padstow on a recent visit. I was after a photo with reflections and this little dog willingly obliged with the perfect pose. I have made a video of the painting process for this and I’ve posted it on my YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/1IGWYb4Ymso
Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 1/4 imperial
I’ve wanted to paint a train for a while now, so when I saw this picture I knew I just had to paint it. 4464 Bittern is a London & North Eastern Railway Class A4 steam locomotive. Built for the LNER in 1937 at Doncaster Works as works number 1866, it was originally numbered 4464. Renumbered 19 on 16 August 1946 under the LNER 1946 renumbering scheme, it was renumbered 60019 by British Railways on 10 October 1948, after nationalisation. A Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive to the same design by Nigel Gresley as the more famous A4 Mallard and one of the 35 strong class, it is one of six to survive into preservation and is one of three currently certified for mainline use.
In preservation, the locomotive has also worn the identities of a number of its scrapped classmates, including the first of the A4 class 2509 Silver Link and most recently as 4492 Dominion of New Zealand.
Photo ref from PMP. Info from Wikipedia.
This is ‘The Maestro At Work’ – A watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. On a recent visit to Tavistock we spent a pleasant 45 mins listening to Al Marconi who is a brilliant classical guitarist. We purchased 3 CD’s from him because he is so good. A fellow Steve Hackett fan, he gave us a quick rendition of ‘Horizons’. Made us very happy. A great man to chat to. Painted from my own photo with kind permission from Al himself.