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More Yorkshire Dales!

Here are a couple more pieces inspired by my trip to the Yorkshire Dales.  Variations on a theme but both in mixed media this time (a mix of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and acrylic inks).  I loved the dry stone walls and had fun trying to create an impression of these.

Experimenting with collage

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12" x 12" mixed media on mountboard)

December. Frosty morning at The Groves (12″ x 12″ mixed media on mountboard)

I’ve been experimenting a little with collage as part of a mixed media approach and combining this with a very limited palette of colours.  I very much admire the work of Mike Bernard RI  http://mikebernardri.com/ who paints landscapes in a semi-abstract style and uses collage extensively in combination with acrylic inks.

This image was inspired by the view I had a few weeks ago from the suspension bridge in Chester over the riverside known as ‘The Groves’. There had been a hard frost and what struck me was the contrast between the cool areas of frost and shadow and the warm areas hit by the early morning sun.  The challenge I set myself was to make the image sufficiently representational to ‘make sense’ but to deliberately avoid too much detail and exploit the contrast in colours and textures.  This painting had the kitchen sink thrown at it – collage, then acrylic inks and acrylic paint, applied by print roller, card, finger, palette knife and (occasionally) brush! And I only used four colours. I confess to finding the collage and ink combination very tricky and I am not sure if it is something I will repeat.  However the collage does add ‘something’ which I find quite interesting.

Vapour trails

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8" x 8" acrylic on mountboard)

Vapour trails. Winter afternoon. (8″ x 8″ acrylic on mountboard)

My first post of 2017 after a busy Christmas break.  Happy New Year!

As I’ve been studio based recently I have been having fun experimenting with colour.  This small piece is the companion to a mixed media painting I made of roughly the same location and which I posted on Facebook and my other social media pages on New Year’s day (see below).

Late afternoon. Winter (8" x 8" mixed media on paper)

Late afternoon. Winter (8″ x 8″ mixed media on paper)

The challenge was to try to recreate the atmosphere of light fading on a bitterly cold Winter’s day.

Temporary repair

Temporary repair ( 10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Temporary repair ( 10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

This summer I came across a stone wall that looked rather worse for wear. Some stones had clearly fallen and the gap in the wall had been repaired by means of a sheet of corrugated iron.  Although I expect the repair was intended to be temporary it looked as though the sheet had been there a good few years.  I loved the way the iron sheet had weathered and that a profusion of wild flowers had crept in.  I knew at once that I wanted to paint it and here it is.  The challenge was to create lots of different textures and using a mixed media approach was ideal for this. Here I used oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic inks.

Scottish inspiration

We had fantastic scenery on the doorstep on our two week stay in the Cairngorms National Park – and also the most wonderful sunny weather. I made sketches and took lots of photographs and plan on making plenty of Scottish-inspired paintings over the next few weeks.

To kick things off, here are two mixed media paintings inspired by a walk around Loch Morlich.  I particularly liked the contrast between the dark peaty woodland pools and the light bark of the birch trees.  The heather was in full bloom too. I couldn’t decide whether to position my birch trunk to the left or the right so painted it twice!  I still can’t decide which version I prefer.