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Life Drawing – Recent Work

Watercolour on Paper – A4 I have started to expreiment more with watercolour over the last year or so.  Its not an easy medium, but I enjoy playing with it in my Life Drawing classes.  I use Water Brushes and have been experimenting with Inktense blocks, Water soluble pencils and standard water colours. Here a couple more examples:     …

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Felixstowe – Martello Tower

Oil On Board 8×10 After my Tuesday class in Felixstowe, a week or so ago, I went on to Felixstowe Ferry to paint.  I have a show in Felixstowe this September so want to get some good paintings of views around the area.  This view is looking back towards Felixstowe from the older part, Felixstowe Ferry. Whilst painting I had …

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Boats and Rivers – Nacton Shores 4

Oil on Board – 8 x 10″ The sun was low behind me for this one.  I liked the mossy and eroded posts just sticking out of the sand. They help communicate a sense of time.  Im not sure how old they are or who put them there, but they are an interesting mark on the landscape  – too old …

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Boats & Rivers – Nacton Shores 3

Oil on Board – 8 x 10 As you can see from this and the last painting were painted using a portrait format.  After the first few years of painting outdoors I made the commitment to always try to bring a viewfinder with me.  When I arrive at a location the first thing I do is have look around with …

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Boats and Rivers – Nacton Shores 2

One element I have been experimenting with this year is how I apply the initial tone to the canvas.  I only recently discovered the correct term for this is Imprimatura.  In the past I used to tone on the spot in relation to the mood and sky, sometimes grey sometimes yellow ochre etc.  I like to think of it as an …

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Boats & Rivers – Nacton Shores 1

  This is the first of this years Plein Air paintings series.  Its been a while since I have been painting outdoors as it has taken me a while to get settled after moving back from Chelmondistion to Ipswich. I really enjoyed my time living out in the countryside, but the house I was renting didn’t have very good insulation …

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

Santa – Oil on Canvas Paper Here is a painting of Father Christmas, painted in one of my last classes of 2016.  Unfortunately, I have been sick with an awful cough ever since…but feeling better now (just in time) I hope everyone gets what they want this year….and happy painting in 2017

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Foxes Skull

  I painted this a few months ago now.  Its a great little fox skull given to me by an old friend.  I have painted it a few times – skulls may not be  everyone’s cup of tea, but I have always found them great subjects.  A skull is a great symbol of both time and impermanence – both of …

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Yinka Shonibare, Portrait

Nice class this morning in Melton.  One more to go before the end of the term.  I found an article on Yinka Shonibare in an Artist and Illustrators magazine, so had  a go at a quick portrait and was pleased with the results.

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Paintings From Life Drawing

Last session of Life Drawing for this term at the Ipswich Institute. Its been great fun with some really good work being produced.  Last night was quiet so I got the oils out and did a few sketches.  This was the one I was most happy with and seemed like a good image to start my new blog with. If …

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December Fields

Oil on Board 8×12″ Was really cold out there today.  I have been getting over nasty cough but thought I would go out and try a quick sketch. When I got started I realised I was out of yellow and green…so effectively its a limited palette painting. #art #pleinair #landscape

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Moon over the orwell

Oil on Board 8″x 12″   If you visit Pin Mill and go past the Butt and Oyster pub you get into some woods that sit beside the river.  Its quite hilly and also quite dark.  This where I was earlier in the summer and when I emerged from the woods at the other end, I saw this view with …

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Between the Fields

Oil on Board 10 x 14 How to create the feeling of depth?  Looking at the subtle colour changes that come with atmospheric perspective was another area I became interested in. The colours get cooler, bluer and less intense as they move away from you.  It is quite subtle and something I need to explore more..because when it works its …

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From Pin Mill Woods

Oil on Board 8″x10″ Sold This is one of my first paintings I created following moving out to Chelmondiston this summer. It shows a gap in the trees looking down to the river near Pin Mill.  I have almost settled now and am sorting through some of my paintings.  I had a little show at the beginning of September in …

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A Commisoned Painting

My good Friend John Cook asked me to paint this picture for him in 2013 – A year later I was able to fulfill the request! I was pleased with the result – sometimes it just takes a spark of an idea about how to start a painting!  In this case it was the underpainting, I started with yellow and …

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New Website

This the first post of my new website!   I have changed the look of the site and added a shop! – My goal for the next year to blog more regularly and talk about some of my process, inspiration and hopefully progress as an artist.