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Warm Light on the Winter Fen

sem abstract acrylic landscape painting of fens

Warm Light on the Winter Fen (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)

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.


Exhibition news and other updates

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.
  • 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.

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

Gorse and grass meadow

Gorse and grass meadow (8″ x 8″ oil on board)

Another day, another ditch… (sorry!)

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!


The Blue Ditch

The Blue Ditch (8″ x 10″ oil on canvas board)

On a walk several weeks ago I noticed that the water in a shallow ditch running alongside the path  was reflecting the most wonderful blue from the sky.  I couldn’t resist recording it in paint.


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.



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