Monthly Archives: November 2015

Messing about on the water

Heading back to shore (8" x 8" oil on board)

Heading back to shore (8″ x 8″ oil on board)

Remembering the summer months and messing about on the water. Much better than getting soaked by the water which seems to be constantly falling out of the sky at the moment in the form of rain…..

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Autumn colours

Here are three more pochade-sized pieces, this time with an Autumnal theme.  It’s hard to believe that only just a few weeks ago the trees were in leaf.  Some of the colours this year were spectacular!

Small is beautiful (..so they say)

The weather has not been conducive to much outdoor painting so I have decided to do a few smaill oil sketches at home but using the trusty  ‘pochade box’ I often take with me out on location.  This only takes small painting boards measuring 6″ x 8″ so the paintings are pretty compact.  The pochade box only has a small paint mixing area too so a limited palette of 5 or 6 colours is all I had to work with.  All good practice when it comes to colour mixing!

These three all have a Norfolk theme and are based on sketches and photos made/taken last month over a pretty cold and cloudy weekend.

Remembering summer

Although it’s been very mild over the last week or so I am starting to miss summer.  Maybe it’s those darker evenings too?  Here are a couple of paintings based on a walk I made in Chester during the summer.  It was a sunny, warm but breezy day and I enjoyed strolling along the banks of the River Dee from Queen’s Park to Eccleston, meeting dog walkers and runners on the way!

The tree obsession continues

Willow study, The Meadows, Chester (pastel on mountboard 30 x 42 cm)

Willow study, The Meadows, Chester (pastel on mountboard 30 x 42 cm)

I have rather a liking for trees – particularly ones with interesting shapes and textures.  I have drawn and painted quite a few over the years.  With it feeling rather wet and Autumnal outside, I have been revisiting reference material I took/made over the warmer days of Summer and thought that one particular tree deserved a portrait.  This is a willow which stands on The Meadows in Chester and forms part of an avenue running parallel with the River Dee.  I  saw it on a sunny day in summer and was impressed with its stature and the texture of the bark on its trunk. I decided to capture it in pastels for a change and had fun working on a large format ,