Welcome to my blog/newsletter.
It has been too long since my last posting. Sometimes life can be overwhelming. There can be so much one feels about everything in the world, and to open one’s mouth seems insubstantial or completely irrelevant. My whole life has felt irrelevant much of the time. I’ve been feeling I could do with a few years away from it. I hope you’ve been faring as well as can be hoped. Looking back over the summer I see that I have at least painted some pictures which I’m happy with, as well as those other ones. I’ve had a nice time teaching my annual Big Sky Art course in Norfolk, have taken part in a great Arts Festival in my locality and I’ve met some nice people. So I’m lucky. Here are some images of it all which I hope may encourage you to paint something, and feel lucky.
Pittenweem West Shore. Plein air painting
On Lady’s Tower Beach. Plein air painting
St Monans windmill and salt pans. Plein air painting
Summer evening Ash Trees with hare. Plein air painting
Unnamed rock on the northeast Fife coast path. Plein air painting
Big Sky Art course 2022
First demo of my painting course in Norfolk. Plein air demo at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Plein air demo at Brancaster Staithe.
Plein air demo at Wells-Next-The-Sea
Students at Wells-Next-The-Sea
Students at Brancaster Staithe. Happy memories for me, with this game bunch.
More happy memories, at The White House, Big Sky Art courses, north Norfolk.
A souvenir I’ll treasure.
St Andrews Cathedral ruins, plein air demo painting for a one-to-one student, hottest day of the year.
The New Inn from the car park, Westwood. Painted in hot sun, out with my old westcountry plein air friends during a visit to England.
Newark Castle, nr St Monans. The second time I’ve attempted this scene plein air. I will need to try yet again!
A derelict cottage on a remote bit of coast. Another of several paintings this summer that just didn’t capture the essence at all successfully.
There are a lot of herons around here, which is nice to know. This one didn’t seem bothered by people at all.
A day of marvellous clouds, but too windy to paint.
St Monans ‘old kirk’. I have been unable to paint this scene so far, owing to some kind of a whale carcass just a few feet from the spot. It’s been there and rotting for a long time, the tide hasn’t moved it and unfortunately the smell is unbearable.
Pittenweem Arts Festival. A shot at the harbourside around lunchtime. It was a pleasure to be involved in this, a giant of a festival completely filling the small picturesque fishing village of Pittenweem.
Thanks for your interest in my work. Wishing you a fruitful and enjoyable Autumn.