Two awards in two days!………

Hi everybody

I’m over the moon that two of my paintings have been awarded status in two days. Firstly my ‘Winter Is Coming’ watercolour came second on the November challenge on the ‘Purely Watercolour’ group and also my watercolour of Ullswater has been given the status of ‘cover of the month’ on Facebooks ‘Simply Watercolour’ group. Here’s a screen grab of both awards.

Happy painting

Pete

Watercolour added… Ullswater – Cumbria

Watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb 1/2 imperial. I’m informed by the person that took this photo that this is Ullswater in the Lake District. Not being familiar with the area, I’ll go with that. The reference photo came from PaintMyPhoto and the photographer was Sandie Bell. Initial washes were with the hake. A fairly limited palette of Cobalt and Ultramarine blues, yellow ochre, burnt umber, aureolin and DS colours Transparent Red Oxide, Tigers Eye.

Happy painting

Pete

Ullswater - Cumbria
Ullswater – Cumbria. Watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb 1/2 imperial.

Watercolour added. Autumn Walk

Hi everybody. Today’s effort is Autumn Walk.

Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. This started out with a reference photo from PaintMyPhoto and then I improvised. I needed something for a forthcoming exhibition with an autumnal theme. I might do another before deadline on Thursday.

Autumn Walk
Autumn Walk. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial.

Watercolour added – Catch Of The Day

Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. I started this at art group yesterday and finished it off today. I masked out the Kingfisher before applying the backwash. A fairly limited palette of Pthalo, Ultramarine, and Cerulean Blues, Cad Red and Yellow, Aureolin, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and some white gouache. Photogragh by Patrick Byrd courtesy of Paint My Photo website.

Catch Of The Day. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial.
Catch Of The Day. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial.

Watercolour added – Packhorse Bridge

Watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial. I started this at art group last Thursday and finished it off today. It started out as a session with the hake brush. I changed the sky from the original that I painted to a more subtle version. Thank goodness for magic sponges! Painted mostly with the hake brush. I also used a 1/2″ mop and rigger to finish off. Limited palette of Ultramarine and Cobalt blues, Raw and Burnt Siennas, Alizarin, Aureolin, Burnt Umber.

Happy painting

Pete

Packhorse Bridge - Watendlath Cumbria
Packhorse Bridge – Watendlath Cumbria. Watercolour on Arches Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 imperial.

Watercolour added – Winter Is Coming

This watercolour was inspired By Joe Hush after mooching around his website. There are some stunning artworks on there and it’s well worth googling him. It was painted on Arches Rough paper. 140lb 1/2 imperial. I started it at art group last Thursday and finished it off today.

Winter Is Coming - Inspired By Joe Hush
Winter Is Coming – Inspired By Joe Hush. Watercolour on Arches Rough paper.

Soft Pastel added – Robin The Hare

Hi everyone

Let me introduce you to Robin the Hare. Soft Pastel on Pastelmat paper. 16″ x 12″. My Wife has an addiction to every Lepus on the planet! This is nnother Hare for the growing collection. She’s called him ‘Robin’. I just have to frame him now…. Oh and build an extension to house the collection.

Robin The Hare
Robin the Hare. Soft Pastel on Pastelmat paper. 16″ x 12″.

Watercolour added – Lanyon Quoit

Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 imperial. I painted this at art club this afternoon with the idea of doing something for a Christmas card. The Quoit is located close to Land’s End. It is a dolmen (megalithic tomb) that collapsed in 1815. It originally had four supporting stones, but now has only three.

lanyon quoit
Lanyon Quoit – Morvah. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial

Watercolour added – Bude Canal Lock

Watercolour on Waterford Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 Imperial. I took this photo some time ago but never got around to painting it. I thought I’d finally rectify that.

The canal isn’t navigable because of a low bridge further down. I believe that they open the locks occasionally to keep them working. The local canal trust were hoping to rectify the bridge after dredging operations, but ran out of money. It’s still a possibility in the future if more funds are available. The Bude basin and first section are used by pleasure boats that are hired from the Bude basin.

I used a fairly limited palette of French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Light red, Aureolin, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber. Just a few highlights with white gouache. Total paint time was about 3 hours.

Bude Canal Lock. Watercolour on Waterford Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 Imperial.
Bude Canal Lock. Watercolour on Waterford Rough paper. 140lb. 1/2 Imperial.

Acrylic added. Bedruthan Steps

Hi everybody

One of my all time favourite views in Cornwall gets the treatment today. Bedruthan Steps is a breathtaking vista. Many years ago we made the hairy climb down to the beach. Don’t know whether I’d tackle it now! Total paint time about 3 hours with a limited palette of Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cad Yellow and Titanium White.

Happy painting

Pete

bedruthan steps
Bedruthan Steps. Acrylic on Galeria paper. 20″ x 16″.

Been busy this morning……

I’ve been busily installing a STAS gallery system on my studio wall today. For quite a while I’ve not made best use of the space available and didn’t want to put any more holes in the wall! With this system I can rearrange the current collection to make the most efficient use of the space available. Needless to say I’m pleased with the results. Now, for the rest of the studio. I’ve just got to finish sorting out all the bits and pieces that are surplus to requirements. I’m afraid I’m a bit of a Magpie when it comes to art materials. Probably half the stuff I’ll never use, so it’s time for a clearout. Except I’ll keep that…. Oh and that… And this might be useful……

Happy painting

Pete

Acrylic added. The Calm Before The Storm

Acrylic on Galeria paper. 20″ x 16″. Finished this off today. It’s inspired by a Les Spence painting. Les Spence used to work out of Padstow under the name of ‘Jason’. I always admired his work and when we holidayed in Cornwall we always made a bee line for his Gallery. I loved to watch him paint and spent many hours pouring over his work in the gallery. Sadly, he closed the gallery in the ’80s and Padstow was never the same after that.

Happy Painting

Pete

The Calm Before The Storm
The Calm Before The Storm. Acrylic on Galeria paper. 20″ x 16″.