I’ve been enjoying the recent warm, sunny weather and so have the plants and trees in my garden. The blossom on my magnolia tree was especially good this year and I couldn’t resist painting it. At 16″ x 20″ this painting is larger than my ‘usual’ – and a rectangular format too – but somehow the subject matter seemed to merit it. Well it is a tree, after all……..
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….
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!
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!
I’ve been compensating for the recent dull weather by playing around with colour and texture. This is my interpretation of the low warm light I found on a visit to the Fens in late December.
Welcome to 2018! Very best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year!
Back to it after a week off – and back to the allotment. I saw this on a sunny morning a few weeks ago and loved both the apple tree and the oil drum!