Watercolour added. Making Hay While The Sun Shines

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford High White NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial. This is following on from a sketch i did earlier in the week when Farmer Goodenough was cutting the grass for silage and baling it. It’s actually in the field next to my house. A bit of a change of scene for me. I started the painting at Art Group on Thursday and finished it off today.

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford HW NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial

Watercolour added. After The Rain – Sidmouth

Watercolour on Waterford HW NOT paper. 140lb 1/4 imperial. I started this on the David Bellamy course that i attended recently. We were not blessed with decent weather and consequently had to dodge the showers. The cliffs kept disappearing into the mist. I’ve tried to convey the brooding atmosphere of the day. Not sure whether I’ve completely succeeded.
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After The Rain – Sidmouth. Watercolour on Saunders Waterford HW NOT paper. 140lb 1/4 imperial.

Sketching in Bude….

I managed to get out for a few hours today, sketching in Bude. The first effort is a pen and wash of ‘The Pink House’ which is situated by the sea lock at Budehaven. It gave me a chance to try out my new travel brushes (see my last blog)… Well one of them anyway. After the initial ink sketch I used the squirrel mop brush for the whole wash thingy. It’s a brilliant brush, beautifully points and carries a lot of water/paint. It took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete. That ran me up to lunchtime, then after lunch I did a quick sketch facing the other way towards the visitor centre. Not completely finished, but enough to work with, supported by a few photos. The weather is supposed to be good tomorrow as well so I might set out early and get some sketching done at Widemouth Bay before my art group meets. All in all, a reasonably successful day. 

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Rosemary & Co travel brushes

Just had my first experience ordering from Rosemary & Co online. What a superb service! I ordered yesterday and they are in my hands today. Not only that, the quality seems to be brilliant. After attending a David Bellamy workshop last week I was very impressed with the brushes he was using. I ended up buying a no. 6 and no. 1 rigger from him. They point beautifully and hold a LOT of paint/water. I decided when I got Home that my plein air equipment doesn’t really need the kitchen sink so I checked out the Rosemary & Co website for some travel brushes. These are Kolinsky Sable brushes and they didn’t break the bank (unlike the Escoda set I was looking at on Bromleys). I will definitely be re-visiting the site to purchase further items. I still need a flat brush and could also be tempted with the comb brush. Here’s some pics of my brushes and I can’t wait to try them out. 

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Watercolour added. ‘Budehaven Boat Hire’

Budehaven Boat Hire
Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb 1/4 imperial. While waiting for my Art Club to start, I had a stroll along the canal basin at Bude to look for a suitable subject to paint. This scene caught my eye and I duly snapped it on my iPad. I fancied a go at painting some figures as I tend to shy away from them! I did a sketch first, then progressed to the painting which took about 4 hours. A fairly restricted pallette of Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine,  Cad red, Cad Yellow, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Aureolin, light red and a touch of gouache to recover some lost whites.

Budehaven Boat Hire. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial.
Budehaven Boat Hire. Watercolour on Arches NOT paper. 140lb. 1/4 Imperial.

Just booked on David Bellamy’s Art Workshop at Sidmouth….

Whilst following a link from Jem Bowden’s website regarding a workshop he’s running next year, I discovered that David Bellamy (no….. Not THAT David Bellamy…. Gwapple me gwapenuts) but none other than one of my favourite artists is running a 3 day workshop at East Devon Art Academy. To say I’m excited is putting it mildly. I’m broke now until payday, but who cares. I’m really happy. I have loads of his books and DVD’s. It will be a BIG plein air experience. Roll on June 8th – 10th ­čÖé

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Steve Hall’s ‘My Way With Watercolour’ – my 2p’s worth……

As I sit here on this miserable Tuesday afternoon, what better way to spend it than with a good book. I popped out this morning to track down the latest bargain from Aldi (18v battery drill to be precise), only to find on my return Steve Halls latest book on watercolour in my mailbox. On a day like today the idiot postman had left it sticking out of the mailbox. Fortunately it hadn’t got wet. For those of you who don’t know of Steve Hall, his style of painting is very much in the Ted Wesson/Ted Seago vein, but sufficiently different for him to be his own man. Well, what can I say. The book is inspiring, crammed full of Steve’s paintings as well as excellent advice on watercolour painting. It really makes me want to emulate the style contained within its covers. I have other books and DVD’s by Steve, but this book, for me, is the icing on the cake. Did someone mention cake?? That’s a great idea with a cup of coffee while I carry on reading. 

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Bude Art Society Easter Exhibition

My local Art Society has an exhibition running over Easter (14th to 17th April 2017). It’s situated at the Tourist Information Centre at Bude. Details here.

Four of my paintings are featured in the exhibition. I will also be stewarding on Sunday and Monday morning between 10 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

Entrance is free, so if you are in the area please consider paying a visit.

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Fame at last!

Hi everybody

Today I have been approached by Painters Online, which is the online community of ‘The Artist’ and ‘Leisure Painter’ magazines, to write a short piece about my recent artwork “Saint Michaels Mount”. It will appear in the E Newsletter that they electronically circulate to their subscriber list in March. Small steps, but to say I’m chuffed is an understatement! I will be posting my ramblings here after I’ve composed it. In the meantime this is the painting they want me to write about, just in case you missed it!

Here’s the link to the Painters Online enewsletter, featuring my painting. Click here.

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Saint Michael’s Mount – Marazion. Acrylic on Galeria paper. 20″ x 16″.

A useful framing gadget….

It’s been a long time since I added anything to my blog page, so today I thought I’d write a short piece about a very useful tool I’ve just purchased. It’s a framing tab gun which drives in tabs like the little tabs you get on ready made frames. This particular project is an entry for this years ‘Golden Brush’ award at my local art group.

I started out by reclaiming an old frame I picked up at a car boot sale last year for a couple of quid. there was a completed jigsaw in the frame, which was promptly dumped. I then set about re-sizing the frame to suit my watercolour. I took about 3″ out of the length and about 2″ out of the height and re-cut the glass to suit.

After trimming the backboard and cutting a mount to size I then replaced all the old fixings (which were rusty panel pins) with this new gadget. I was very impressed with the ease of use and the fact that the new tabs are perfectly flat, something which is impossible with a ready made frame. When you bend the pins you can never get them perfectly flat again. So… job done. I’ve yet to venture into actually making any┬áframe from scratch, but I have all the necessary tools to do this now. I just need to source a local glazing place for the glass. Here’s some pictures of the gun and the finished framed painting.

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Added a couple of paintings for sale…

Hi everybody.

I’ve now started to add some of my pictures in the ‘For Sale’ section of my website. There will be more to follow so please check back regularly, but this is a starting point.

You can view them here. If you are at all interested in purchasing then please get in touch via the links provided. Thanks for looking.

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