Tuesday, 30 December 2008

One for the New Year

This painting is of a little square in Corfu. My wife and I were there three years ago. I was quite impressed with the place all in all. I like this sort of scene were there is something going on and has a focal point as well. Again this is on pre prepared board and painted with quick drying oils.
I hope you like it.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008


This oil painting I have done from a photo during a visit last autumn. I have used muted limited palette again, but these colours appear quite bright on this reproduction. I`m not sure if it is really showing the mood has it was. I quite like these quick drying oils, it suites my immediate approach, I suppose!
I hope you find it interesting.

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

That Look

I like peroid garments and especially ladies hats. For me they provide a hiding place for expression. This painting I hope is creating a sence of intrigue. What is this lady thinking? I wonder.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

An Edwardian Townscape

Today my painting is a scene of Manchester. I chose an old photograph as reference to see the architecture that existed at the time and then I adopt my own palette and composition. I move buildings about to suite and put in things to create a bit of interest. In the main a mood rather than topographical or architectural accuracy is my intension. This is what I also like to paint and for some reason this period comes into my townscapes regulary.
I hope you enjoy this painting.

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Monday, 15 December 2008

Coffee in Paris

What these two young women are talking about can only leave us wondering. This is a subject which appeals to me. Figures, nostalgia and a story to tell.
I hope you like this recent watercolour.

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Friday, 12 December 2008

A bit of nostalgia

I feel the need to put in a picture showing my approach to movement and people which is what I like to paint. This watercolour was painted on Khadi paper, an Indian paper I occasional have used. It is quite absorbant and the texture is very rough. Worth trying!!!
I hope you like the painting.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Staged watercolour

Entitled; First encounter, this watercolour I thoroughly enjoyed painting and is shown in build up stages.
My insperation came from watching a television period drama. I love the fashion of that time.
I captured the moment with a digital camera from the screen, printed an image and converted it to black and white so my palette was not influenced. I have modified the scene and cropped figures that were to the right, leaving an intruiging composition I feel.
I have tried to create the darkests darks against the lightest light at positions off centre vertically and horizontally. I try to lay very wet and bold washes, allowing the paint to run into each other and keeping in mind were the light direction is.

My tone values are paramount and I leave the white of the paper were appropiate without the use of masking aids. Lots of dry brush marks help to create texture against the wet in wet washes. This painting has to be done quickly, but with an element of loose control to maintain the fresh appearance.

The direction of light is from the left, although I am aware of light bouncing from other directions too. In terms of scale and proportion the composition is not accurate. I am more interested in creating a mood and atmoshere rather than detail.
I wonder what the young lady is thinking! The couple on the next table create interest and counterchange I feel.

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing my approach to the kind of subject which inspires me.
Thank you for taking your time reading my blog and I hope you will visit me again.

Materials; Arches Aquarel 140 lb rough (half imperial), 14 kolinsky sable brush, W+N Artists watercolour.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Biblioteca Marciana (Piazzeta San Marco)

This composition I thoroughly enjoyed doing.
Taken from a photo on one of my recent trips to Venice. Of course I have used artistic licsence and introduced some period garments.
It took about 60 minutes to complete, using Arches Arquarel 140lb rough textured paper and my favourite size 14 kolinsky sable pointed round brush.
I hope you enjoy the little snippet of this excercise.

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