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Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows

Morning light. River Dee and The Meadows (30cm x 30cm acrylic on board)

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.

Double-take

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?

Mixed media experiments – Part 2

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

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

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.

Sparkle

Sparkle (daily painting) (6" x 6" acrylic on board)

Sparkle (daily painting) (6″ x 6″ acrylic on board)

I love painting backlit subjects.  I was inspired to paint this one because I liked the way the tree trunks were silhouetted by the light on the water behind them and the water in front of me simply sparkled.  Don’t be fooled by the sun though – within 5 minutes of my seeing this I got soaked in a heavy shower!