View of the River Parret and Somerset levels from Burrow mump. (Commission)
Hope you’re well, warm and have time for a few pics to scroll through.
This is going to be a fast run-down, with fewer words than normal.
This first painting was a commission for a lady who provided a lot of help to the farmers of the area depicted, during the 2014 flooding. I think it was a retirement present, so I hope she likes it.
The Castle rock and Isle of May, nr Crail, plein air.
At the end
The dark cloud as it was
This was during the afternoon. I’d gone in the morning to paint at Pittenweem harbour, where there are some great buildings. Unfortunately it was pretty cold in a constant wind, so after doing the quite laborious but necessary drawing my hands felt too cold to paint well. So I’ll have to return to that one another time, when hopefully all the cars will be parked in exactly the same places! (It was a Sunday, so maybe I’ll be lucky if I go on a Sunday again.)
At Pittenweem harbour, in a cold breeze
Drawn out, ready for next time
A scene near Yatton, Studio painting from photos. One of those days where I mostly just felt like painting a sky, and the rest followed.
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The approach to Dedham Hall. Late winter’s day, slightly misty air.
Visitors who’ve been to Dedham Hall before may recognise this scene. My week-long course here begins next Saturday, 16th April. There have been a few unfortunate late cancellations, so why not act spontaneously and make the decision to join me there. If you can be tempted, please contact Dedham Hall directly. We’ll be visiting some great coastal and landscape locations (more info also on my Courses/Painting holidays page). If you’d like to have a chat about it please just give me a call or email.
Here are a few other scenes from around Dedham:
St Mary’s church, Wissington, nr Dedham
Tree in a field behind Dedham Hall
Willows on the river Stour, Dedham vale.
Plein air one to one tuition
Demo painting for one-to-one plein air student. St Monan’s old kirk from the beach, tide out. A fair bit of careful drawing with the church – only to then be a bit too loose with the brush! (don’t look too hard). I’ll be returning one day to do this again in my own time. But a great pleasure to be here in great company, including of the Eider ducks doing their Frankie Howerd impression (thanks, Ailsa!).
Our location, packing up just after finishing.
Walking up after the session, the light was by now fantastic. What a scene it is….
And just one more shot of this icon. Another composition I’d like to have a go at one day. I can set up the easel here thankfully, on a bit of road verge. The church is apparently the closest church to the sea in Scotland (when the tide is in, obviously!)
A couple of other recent demos – Zoom demos for art societies
Recent Zoom demo for an art society, with a lot of artistic licence, but based on photos of West Mersea (which we might also visit on my Dedham Hall course. I’m really not very used to painting scenes like this, so I’m not very happy doing it from photos, from which it is much less easy to observe important things than when working from life. But at the same time I do like a challenge.)
Another Zoom demo for an art society. Based on photos from the sea defences/bank at Burnham Norton on the north Norfolk coast. But again, showing ways to use artistic licence. Here the tree was invented (or rather, I worked from a different reference photo, of a tree) in place of much smaller shrubs, and I invented the light effect of cloud and other cast shadows over the land. The main reference photo of the scene had totally flat light and the sky was quite boring. So, an example of the sort of thing I sometimes do in the studio with references. The result though is not easy to make convincing and may sometimes end up somewhat ‘illustrative’ as a consequence. At the end of the day, I discuss many aspects of the visual world during demos, which we need to be aware of, and can sometimes tweak to use them to our advantage. For me, demos are mostly about making learning points and providing things to discuss and consider, as well as actually showing how the paint goes on the paper, etc.
All the best til next time.