#423 ‘First Light, Langstone Harbour’ 30x40cm

A wintery day, and lucky to have a break in the weather as it didn't look hopeful when I arrived - solid cloud and raining! I'm pleased I didn't drive home, waited in the car and some beautiful light and cloud formations appeared, just my sort of subject!Decided to...

#422 ‘Christmas Lights, Irving St, London’ 30x30cm

On Saturday I took part in The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Paint Live day. 60 artists met up in the Mall Galleries to have a paint off in London - 1/2 mile radius of the galleries in central London. It was raining and grey but I decided to embrace...

#421 ‘Summer Hay Bales’ 30x40cm

Painted from a sketch I made in July, spotted from the car as we drove into Patchings Art Centre, near Nottingham. Hay bales, tree lined and shadows/light what a fab combo! I didn't have my painting gear with me so thought I get the warmth of summer back in the studio...

#420 ‘Early Winter Light, Meon Valley’ 30x40cm

A sky painting on a textured linen board. I was driving around looking for a subject and a saw a truck in a field and this view, so I turned around and hoped the farmer would be friendly. He was and allowed me to park and paint in his field. I made a low horizon...

#418 ‘Sunset Campo Barnaba, Venice’ 40x50cm

A studio painting of a small plein air study from my recent Venice trip.This is the plein air painting and the starting point for the bigger painting above...1.Drawing made on location, helps to really see the subject.2. Studio shot to give an idea of scale and...

#416 ‘Autumn on Bramshott Common’ 12×12″

This scene is about a 15-20 minute walk from our house. Autumn colours really improve this subject and I couldn't wait to paint it! I liked the track leading in to the orangey oak tree. The sky was a bonus with fluffies. I put them in straight away as I knew it...

#415 ‘Venice Reflections 2’ 20x50cm

The second in this series. I started en plein air but mainly painted in the studio. I liked the rich blues and oranges complementaries really pop! Strong brush marks and thick paint again, seems to lend itself to this subject.An artist friend I painted with...

#414 ‘Venice Reflections’ 20x50cm

I drew this one out in Burnt Sienna plus another while in Venice but decided to paint them both in my studio so I could take more time do it in layers. Was aiming for vibrant colours, thick paint, strong shapes and unusual composition.I did do a plein air...

#413 ‘Sheep on the South Downs’ 30x40cm

Looking out for subjects driving is always a little hazardous!Saw these sheep and a bonus place to pull in and park near by. They were sleepy and laying down until at least an hour into painting them. I worked quietly trying not to scare them. In the end they were...

#412 ‘Albert Bridge, Reflections’ 12×12″

I used a home made linen board....METHOD for making one: I roughly cut out some preprimed canvas stuck it to a MDF board so it overhung on the sides. I used Neutral PH PVA glue (so it wont rot in the future.) Once dry I cut it butt up to the board with a...

#411 ‘Autumn Light, Albert Bridge’ 24x30cm

Arriving in London I had a plan to paint the same scene as I did this time last year:Including a bit more of the river bank and boats on a bigger board.The tide was very low, which helped the composition anchoring it on the side. Also the space between the pink part...

#410 ‘Rain Cloud, The South Downs’ 9×12″

This is about a 25 minute drive form me and during the whole car journey is rained hard! I thought I'll have to sit int he car when I get there and wait.But upon arrival this is what I saw! A huge beautiful cloud covering a lot of the view I wanted to paint. The cloud...

#409 ‘First Light, Langstone’ 12×12″

I used a textured linen coloured board by Loxley. Not tried this type before, its quite rough and I think the subject work well with this style. Thinned the paint with Distilled Turps  - experimenting to see if it's any better than Winsor & Newton...

#408 ‘Sunflowers series of 3’

 33x35cm oil on linen16x18" oil on linen40x40cm oil on cotton canvasAll from the same bunch of flowers. Experimenting on linen canvas - with clear gesso, so its still buff canvas coloured.Composition - just the heads and a hint of the vase no.1Old style 'masters'...

#407 ‘Emsworth Moorings’ 10×12″

I tried painting this boat about 2 years ago when I first started plein air. I drew it out onsite but didn't really know how to tackle it so it was left unfinished. A tricky boat subject!This time a bigger board and lucky with the refections. Although I had very...

#406 ‘Sunflower & Berries’ 8×14″

Oil on muslin covered board which I'd made myself.Thicker paint and experimenting with medium - GAMBLIN : GALKYD GEL OIL PAINTING MEDIUM. Speeds the drying time and adds a glossy thickness.Purple to compliment the yellow.Colours from the painting put into the pattern...

#404 ‘Dawn, Langstone Harbour’ 10×12″

I arrive early when it is still dark so I can faff with where I'm positioned & composition, board size and format. Mixing some colours and being as ready as I can be before the sun comes up!Those inky clouds where there when I arrived and...

#405 ‘Sunrise, Langstone Harbour’ 18x24cm

The second painting of a morning (see previous post) A small sunrise oil sketch, very enjoyable subject, hope to go back before the boats disappear for winter!Slightly textured linen board gives a different finish.The tide was coming in so made the most of it...

#402 ‘Early Light, Bosham Channel’ 8×14″

An oil sketch before the tide swallowed the grasses up. I was pleased the sun direction was directly in front of me so great light on the water. Nice to paint something natural after the architecture of Venice.This area is a haven for Swans there must...

#403 ‘St James’s Park’ 9×12″

Painted yesterday on a very sunny October day at St James Park with 80 or so other plein air painters! It was fun being part of this gathering and enjoyed chatting with lots of artists, it was hard to focus on the painting! This was not any easy subject with so...

Venice Summary!

Home from Venice and my studio line up, I can't fit them all in! I do feel pleased and proud with what I achieved in a month. I felt sad leaving such a wonderful & inspiring place. I am already planning a trip to go back next year! I enjoyed...

#401 ‘My Last Sunrise in Venice!’ 10×12″

The morning we left Venice I got up at 5am and did one more paint, and it was this.A fleeting sunrise where the sun just peeped until it went behind the cloud. I used a slightly bigger board in portrait format to capture the light and movement on the water. My...

#400 ‘Morning Boat Ride’ 10×12″

I experimented with putting the glow around the building next to the sun to give a sense of strong sunlight. There's not much water activity early on but I managed to paint the Vaporetto water bus as it was moving across the Grand Canal! By around 8-9am its...

#398 ‘Nocturn, Maria Della Salute’ 8×10″

An impulse paint! As I hadn't planned to do a nocturne, I usually arrive early get myself set up and draw in and wait until the light hits the sky and water and then scrabble to get it down! This time I really noticed the lights on the water and intense orange strip...

#399 ‘4pm, Maria Della Salute Venice’ 8×10″

Braved the afternoon crowds on the Academia Bridge, it can be so hectic on there, I had been put off doing it the whole trip, also the risk of being moved on by the police, they have been known to move artists on from prominent tourists spots.Anyway I love the...

#397 ‘Gondola Ride, The Grand Canal’ 8×14″

We went back to this spot to do it again! With a wider format board and looked at the aerial perspective, there is a lot of sky colour put in the distant buildings.  The colours of the sparkle are tricky to see, but they start warmer yellow/warm colour and go to...

#396 ‘Ospedale, Venice’ 9×12″

It's hard to believe this lovely old white building was used as a hospital, such grandeur in Venice! I focused on getting the colours vibrant as they were sunlit and the strong shadows on the building and the water. 

#394 ‘Campo Ognissanti, Venice’ 9×12″

I've not painted this before, canals are always a challenge this one was in contra jour which helped to simplify the tonal shapes. With morning light so the sky is a warm yellow, the sparkle moved across the canal and was gone within the hour. The boat in the...

#391 ‘Afternoon Reflections, Venice’ 10×12″

I see this view every day I leave the house and always stop to have a look! I have 4 paintings on the go of this subject and just this one finished! I'm planning a series on it.I studied the shadow colours and I wanted to make the light colours pop.I painted the...

#389 ‘Early Morning, San Marco Square’ 11×14″

I convinced my family to come with to San Marco at 6am sunrise no people just pigeons. It has a magical quality at this time, they really enjoyed it. I wanted to paint a bigger more of a statement piece of this square. Not easy to get the drawing and perspective...

#388 ‘Sunrise 3, San Giorgio Maggiore’ 8×10″

The final sunrise painting in a series of 3. I was pleased the sun was near enough to paint a portrait format with the San Giorgio next to it. I am happy with the glow I managed to get from the light of the sun, not easy!This week I have had my family staying...

#386 ‘Sunset, Campo Barnaba’ 9×12″

I stood on a small bridge thinking I'll do it in the evening when its not so busy. But I didn't know it was the first night of the glass week, with much street celebrating and fizz popping! Quite a bustle and lots of people were stopping to chat and look at my...

#383 ‘Early Mist St Marks Basilica’ 9×12″

Very misty at some points the Basilica almost disappeared! The tonal values were so close together, I had to make sure the darkest darks were quite light. Also not putting into much definition or hard lines - a suggestion of shapes.I couldn't resist putting the...

#381 ’10am Maria Della Salute’ 8×10″

Painted without drawing out first as I know the shape now.Risked painting in the day hoping I wouldn't be moved on by the police!Not too many colours to keep it harmonious. Painted the sparkle first before it moved out of my painting view.

#380 ‘Late Afternoon, The Grand Canal’ x2

I painted the one below first as it was above the San Giorgio Maggiore and a huge sparkle on the water. and then as the sun went around it was above Maria Della Salute which is the main picture.I had started this one the other way up see pic. But thought the...