A glimpse of St. Paul’s…..

A Glimpse of St. Paul’s in the February Rain (30cm x 35cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

I had fun using collage with mixed media for this view of St. Paul’s cathedral and the Millennium Bridge from the Thames.  I tend not to use collage often for rural scenes but it somehow seems quite appropriate for urban ones.  Much of the original collage has been covered by acrylic inks and/or acrylic paint and I certainly enjoyed the mark-making – and of course the splatters!

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Rainy Day London

River Thames in London.  Rainy Winter afternoon.  South Bank

Rainy Winter Afternoon. South Bank from The Thames (30cm x 30cm acrylic inks and acrylic on paper)

I don’t often paint cityscapes  but was inspired to do so this time after a February trip to London to deliver my painting to the Mall Galleries in preparation for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition.

The weather was exceptionally wet.  After trudging down the Mall followed by pizza to warm up (!) we decided to take a river trip up the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Visibility was fairly poor but, oddly, that added to the quality of the experience.  The resulting painting is really a tonal one interspersed with the occasional spot of colour. I was interested in trying to recreate the dampness of the day and the flat light.  Watercolour might have been the obvious choice but I decided to give it a go in acrylic inks on quite a textured watercolour paper.  Somehow it seems rather calming….

Last Sprouts Standing

liner of sprouts in the snow on an allotment

Last Sprouts Standing (30cm x 40cm acrylic on mount board)

The forecast snow did arrive but we were fortunate not to have too much of it.  I am hoping soon to be painting some spring colour again!  This is the second of my snowy allotment pieces.  I just loved the shapes of the leaves against the snow and had fun trying to recreate this by ‘negatively painting ‘ –  by painting the spaces around and between the leaves and stalks rather than the leaves and stalks themselves.

Snow Compost

shed and compost heap on allotment in snow

Snow Compost (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend.  Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago.  Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!

Winter. Tree Reflections 2

tree reflections in winter river

Winter. Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series.  Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’  but there are some subtle differences.  I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!

 

 

Winter. Tree Reflections 1

river in winter with trees, reflections and river bank

Winter. Tree Reflections 1 (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

The next in my series of river paintings is the first of two.  I splashed out the other day (excuse the pun!) and bought some black acrylic ink and then had a Johnny Nice Painter* moment and went completely crazy with it.  Lots of fun!

Flotsam

mixed media painting of river and trees in winter with flotsam

Flotsam (40cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

This is the first in a small series of mixed media paintings I am making of my local river.  Sunny days have been few and far between recently but I did manage to catch the sun a week or so ago and was struck by how the lichens on the riverside trees seemed to  glow.  The river was high after a lot of rainfall and some small branches and pretty large twigs had washed downstream.  I was also treated to the sight and sound of a small flock of long tailed tits – always a bonus!