It’s been a long old time since my last post. Many apologies! I’ve not been idle.
My award winning painting ‘The Winding Road. Yorkshire Dales’ appeared in the October issue of Leisure Painter magazine, which was exciting!
An appearance in October’s Leisure Painter magazine
On 22 and 23 September I took part in ‘The Great Stamford Brush Off’, a plein air painting event organised by Welland Valley Art Society. The event coincided with Stamford’s Georgian Festival this year and the weather was very kind. Completed paintings were exhibited in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre for the following week and I was fortunate to sell two of them. Rather stupidly I forgot to photograph the paintings before they were framed under glass – so you will see reflections from the camera flash in the images below. I was working in mixed media and the paintings were great fun to do. They represent a celebration of a lovely warm Autumn weekend. I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Autumn Morning. Stamford (25cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Apples by the Door. Rutland Terrace (25cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
I am exhibiting 4 paintings in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of Welland Valley Art Society’s Autumn Exhibition, which opens today and runs until 14 October. Here are the selected paintings.
California Poppy (6″ x 8″ oil on board)
The Old Shed (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Allotment Greens (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)
Forest pool,Loch Morlich 2 (10″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)
Welland Valley Art Society have put on a great exhibition and it’s well worth a visit. There are paintings, prints and sculpture on show – see the Arts Centre website http://www.stamfordartscentre.com
A small oil study from sketches made on a walk around The Meadows in Chester a few weeks ago. The gorse bushes were glowing in the sun and with the warmth came the coconut smell of the gorse flowers. Lovely!
Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)
Thanks to those who took part in the quiz (see last post). The first painting was in acrylic and the second in oil. The acrylic was marginally more popular than the oil and this seems to have been because people preferred the colour. Thanks for your feedback, whatever your preference!
Here’s another Chester piece, again inspired by the Winter morning light that so impressed me a few weeks ago. My vantage point was the suspension bridge, which gave me the opportunity to get a novel view of the River Dee from above – and include the fantastic reflections in the water. I hope you like it.
Here’s an experiment. We all love a little quiz, don’t we?
I thought it would be fun to paint the same image twice but in two different media. Each is about 8″ x 8″ and painted on board. However one of them was painted in oil and the other in acrylic. But which is which? And which do you prefer? Is your preference based on colour or texture – or something else?
Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
Following on from my last post, this is a similiar view but I decided not to use collage. Instead I used my ‘usual’ mixed media kit – a combination of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic paints and acrylic inks. As before, though, I experimented with using a very limited palette of colours, exploiting the warm/cool contrast. Interestingly the eye still reads the image (or maybe just my eyes do!) because the tones work. A fun experiment anyway
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.