#444 ‘Trees in Snow’ 30x40cm

#444 ‘Trees in Snow’ 30x40cm

Started outside on the last day of the snow we had finished in a warm studio! Painted one before this (see previous post) but liked the tall tree and sky so did a bigger painting in a portrait format.

#443 ‘Silver Birch in Snow’ 30x30cm

#443 ‘Silver Birch in Snow’ 30x30cm

This is the first one I did as the sun was going down on Bramshott Common. Different colours to the previous bluer snow paintings. Mainly yellow and oranges, limited palette.  I painted another straight after (will post tomorrow) in a portrait format to get the trees...

#442 ‘Snow Shadows’ 30x40cm

#442 ‘Snow Shadows’ 30x40cm

The second painting done straight after the first. You can see how much the sun has moved to the right and rose. Warmer blues and lots of colours in the snow! But also a limited colour palette - warm and cool.In this one I wanted more of the shadows as I didn't get to...

#441 ‘Snow & Glow’ 24x30cm

#441 ‘Snow & Glow’ 24x30cm

I arrived early to set up and start mixing colours. So I was ready to paint the shadows when the sun just came up over the trees. Cool blues compliment well with the orangey sky. Such an inspiring subject. I stayed on and did another I will post it tomorrow! A...

#440 ‘Gorse in Snow, The Punch Bowl’ 24x30cm

#440 ‘Gorse in Snow, The Punch Bowl’ 24x30cm

I liked the cool blue light contrasted with the warmer light of the left. Plus the arial perspective of the fading distant hills. Not easy to paint! With quite subtle tonal difference having to really observe and not think you know whats there but...

#439 ‘Walk in the Snow’ 24x30cm

#439 ‘Walk in the Snow’ 24x30cm

A few days ago we had a big snowfall overnight and it was so exciting to wake up to snow laden trees and sunshine :-)I went to an area walkable to us it was so quiet and we made the first snow tracks of the day, it was beautiful.To be able to to paint that was such a...

#438 ‘Chilly Brook’ 24x30cm

#438 ‘Chilly Brook’ 24x30cm

I drove for over an hour trying to find a subject, not easy seeing over the hedge rows and being able to park safely when there's snow on the roads. Really pleased to find this winding stream in the Meon Valley. I adapted the composition a little by making the distant...

#436 ‘Snow Pastels’ 30x30cm

#436 ‘Snow Pastels’ 30x30cm

Just after sunrise when there's still a bit of colour in the sky but no direct light on the scene. It was a few days ago -8 with wind chill, bitter but worth it 🙂 Reminds me of Farrow and Ball colours! Lots of mixed greys - warm and cool. More snow paintings to...

#435 ‘Sunrise, The Grand Canal’ 50x50cm

#435 ‘Sunrise, The Grand Canal’ 50x50cm

A studio painting developed from a plein air piece. I painted this subject over 15 times, so I know it well and felt comfortable painting it bigger. One for my solo show in May in London!Plein air studySketch book drawing on location (later in the day with more...

#434 ‘Old Fishing Boat’ 24x30cm

#434 ‘Old Fishing Boat’ 24x30cm

I liked the colour combination of this, very Mediterranean looking.  I used my location sketch to help with the composition. Painted with long flat brushes gives a quality to it. The rusty old winch gives an extra element and helps composition. Tried to keep it...

#433 ‘Red Sky & Fishing Hut’ 24x30cm

#433 ‘Red Sky & Fishing Hut’ 24x30cm

This scene was the next bay along from where we were staying. Such a bonus to find a characterful fishing hut and great old boats. I sketched it out in the day time but went back the next morning at sunrise to take photos. So I combined the two as I really loved...

#432 ‘Sunrise, Gran Canaria’ x 2

#432 ‘Sunrise, Gran Canaria’ x 2

24x30cm Sunrise, Gran CanariaMy husband Nick and I had a week in the sun over the Christmas holidays, a proper break without my paints or his camera. (First one since our honeymoon 4 years ago!)I did however bring my sketch book, and we were blessed with stunning...

My First Solo Exhibition!!…Save the Date

My First Solo Exhibition!!…Save the Date

New flyerJust 4 months until my first solo exhibition in London. The time has come around quickly and I am started to feel excited and also think there is so much to do - reminds of planning a wedding!I've finished designing these 'save the date' flyers and sent them...

#431 ‘Low Winter Sun over The River Hamble’ 10×12″

#431 ‘Low Winter Sun over The River Hamble’ 10×12″

I actually started this painting before the previous post no.430. Having chased the sun and finally found a location and subject, I drew out this composition and mixed some pools of colour. But by then the low sun had changed into sunset colours and more clouds had...

#430 ‘Sunset Over The River Hamble’ & Perseverance

#430 ‘Sunset Over The River Hamble’ & Perseverance

Thank you so much to those who have emailed me and commented re my previous post. It's really good to have feedback as it has been hard to gauge what you think of my blog! It seems like the consensus is to carry on with the format I have been doing -...

#429 ‘The Edge of Winter’, & Changing my Blog?

#429 ‘The Edge of Winter’, & Changing my Blog?

'The Edge of Winter' 40x50cm Oil on canvasI have been thinking about my blog and have want to change the format of my posts. At the moment I post every painting I do and have done that for 3 years. What I propose now is posting less often possibly once every two...

My Painting Year 2018

My Painting Year 2018

My favourite paintings of the yearI wanted to write a summary of this years happenings....I have completed a whopping 160 paintings (not including the duffers and wipe offs!) quite a few more than last year - mainly because of the Venice trip. And it's not all about...

#428 ‘Christmas Clemintines’ 6×12″ & 6×6″

#428 ‘Christmas Clemintines’ 6×12″ & 6×6″

Out Christmas shopping I spotted these in a garden centre. They don't usually have the greenery on in a supermarket. I haven't painted this sort of subject in a long time so I thought I'd have a go!I remember having a clementine and walnut at the bottom of my...

#427 ‘First Snow’ 30x40cm Happy Christmas!

#427 ‘First Snow’ 30x40cm Happy Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy & Creative New Year! I painted this intending it to be my Christmas card this year but after proofing it twice at the printers to get the colours correct I ran out of time! It's from a photograph of last...

#426 ‘Winter Skies, Bramshott Common’ 8×10, 10×12″

#426 ‘Winter Skies, Bramshott Common’ 8×10, 10×12″

A plein air sky not far from my house on land owned by MOD. I like seeing the distance and feeling the space. Winter sun means its sets over the distant hills - quite perfect!I used a textured linen coloured board to give it more atmosphere. This second painting...

#425 ‘Venetian Cafe’ 30x30cm

#425 ‘Venetian Cafe’ 30x30cm

This week I have been looking after the family Shih Tzu dog, while my Mum is away. He is 12 and has lost his hearing from old age, plus he has gone blind from bad breeding, poor sausage, so it makes painting a little tricky! But I did manage this one in the studio...

#423 ‘First Light, Langstone Harbour’ 30x40cm

#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

#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

#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

#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

#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″

#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

#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

#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

#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″

#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

#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″

#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″

#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’

#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″

#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″

#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″

#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

#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″

#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″

#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!

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″

#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″

#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″

#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″

#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...