#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...

#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...

#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...

#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. 

#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...

#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...

#375 ‘Maria Della Saluete 7am’ 9×14″

Another gorgeous dawn paint plus a quick painting thrown in too!I spoke to artist ken Howard as he was on the bridge he saw my finished painting and made a positive remark about it. (I went home smiling!) He also said the Italian police are now being kind to artists...

#374 ‘Morning Light, San Giorgio Maggiore’ 8×10″

I took a risk and included the foreground wooden structure, I wasn't sure whether it would work until I had done it. Using a limited colour palette of warm and cools and limited tones too.Bringing colour sin from the sky and the building into the water also...

#373 ‘Venice Nocturne’ no.1 10×10″

Two paintings in a day and then do a nocturne I was exhausted! But making the most of having artistic company and so it was a loose, lively interpretation.Before I left the house I mixed my palette of colours, yellows, oranges violets and a black. Because even with a...

#372 ‘Venetian Alleyway’ 6×12″

I felt inspired to try a sky-hole painting and this alley is right on our doorstep in the Dorsoduro area. It's afternoon light on a very narrow long alley leading to the Grand Canal at the end. The light at the end was so bright you couldn't see any...

#370 ‘Painting St Marks Square, Venice’ no.1

We were a little worried about being moved on by the police - as there was a big whoha about it recently with artist Ken Howard being moved on, so we went at sunrise and did two quick paintings of the Basilica and The Square.Beautiful light and worth getting...

#369 ‘Afternoon Light, Maria Della Salute’ 8×10″

I am finding it difficult to keep up this blog and do the intensive painting! As some times I'm managing to do 4 paintings in a day.So I will still keep posting but write less as the writing part takes so long to do! Better that than not posting at all....Monet &...

#368 ‘First Light, Maria Della Salute’ 8×10″

Did painting no.367 then immediately wanted to paint the scene again as the light was gorgeous! I moved off the bridge but just next to it in a cafe space. I'd just started mapping in when the guy said you have 30 minutes until you need to move...So I painted...

#367 ‘Pre-Dawn Maria Della Salute’ 8×10″

This was so fun to paint!! Although a little daunting too as many artists over the years have painted this subject standing on Academia Bridge from Monet to Ken Howard...We are very lucky as this bridge is a few minutes walk from our house. It's a dream subject for...

#366 ‘First Oil Sketch of Venice 2018’ 8×10″

When I arrive in a new location I just want to get the first painting under my belt! Start it off and get into the flow, I also just feel itchy to do it!So this was it, feeling my way with the colours, shapes and the strong bouncing light of Venice. Decided to do...

‘Flying with Oil paints & Art Equipment

FLYING WITH OIL PAINTS & art equipment. Thought you might want to see what I'm taking to Venice - I am very lucky to be going for the whole month of September! 🎨 It's the longest and biggest painting trip so far.... Last year we came back from Venice in...

#365 ‘The Swan Inn, Haslemere’ 8×10″

This weekend I painted with Haslemere Art Society on the high street on Haslemere. It's to promote the annual exhibition at the Museum 8-15th September. A fun morning with the members and a few passers by taking an interest and a subject I wouldn't have usually...

#364 `Underway’ 8×10″ – Palette Knife Painting

This was a wonderful boat in Cornwall but sadly I didn't have my painting gear with me - we were about to see my Aunt. So I did 4-5 sketches of it and this painting is from one of them. I'd been saving this linen covered board for years, wanting to use it but...

#363 ‘Early Morning, South Parade Pier’ 11×14″

I started this a couple of weeks ago but didn't have time to finish it en plein air so I've just completed in my studio.Its a familiar subject as I used to live near by, although I haven't painted it up close before and with a radical cropping! When I was looking at...