Monthly Archives: April 2016

Scottish weather

Path around the lochan (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

Path around the lochan (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

It’s sunny today – as it was yesterday…before the hail arrived!  Such is the mad weather one might expect in the Scottish Highlands rather than the English East Midlands.

This painting records proper summer weather – in the Scottish Highlands.  Having cycled off road along the banks of the glorious River Feshie we dropped down through a forestry plantation to a wonderful small lochan (small lake).  The light was fabulous and although it was tempting to take the path around the loch we decided to defer for another day.

This is another mixed media piece – watercolour,acrylic, oil pastel and acrylic ink.  The midges were too small to paint 🙂

 

 

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A view from early March

View from the bird hide, Egleton, March 2016

View from the bird hide, Egleton, March 2016 (12″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)

Another mixed media piece.  This records the view across a rather deserted lagoon at Rutland Water nature reserve, Egleton.  All was quiet that morning and the scene had a very calm quality about it.  I liked the contrast of the light reeds with the dark mass of trees and dark shadows in the water

Patchings Festival 2016

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I am delighted to discover today that my painting ‘Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods’ (see last post) has been accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category at the Patchings 2016 Art Competition and Exhibition and another, ‘Bluebells near Easton on the Hill’, has been ‘highly commended’ and will be shown on the Patchings website (www.patchingsartcentre.co.uk).  To have been selected for exhibition is very special.  My work will be seen by hundreds of visitors to the art festival between 9 and 12 June and judged by artists I greatly admire.

Spring at Rutland Water

Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

For the time being the trees are not yet fully in leaf and the views are more expansive.  The run-off from the rain sodden Barnsdale Woods makes its way in small streams down to Rutland Water. In this painting I have tried to capture that Spring feeling of space – of the clear view of water and sky.