Painting a Landscape with Water Mixable Oils on Paper

For this months blog, for a change, I provide a link to a video I've made sharing my processes for using water mixable oils on paper for a small landscape painting. Click on the arrow below to view. https://youtu.be/8ShU8ardfY8?rel=0 You can view the finished painting by clicking on the image below: Greenfield Reservoir. You can …

Small Things

I’ve been thinking rather a lot about small things recently, from small things that make a big difference, both positive and negative, small things that can easily go unnoticed and small things that might be overlooked as insignificant but, on closer inspection, need  to be taken more notice of. When I was doing a lot …

Keeping It Simple

After the dizzying heights of learning to use technology over the last few weeks ( see 'Take Two' & 'Lights, Camera, Action!' blogs), this time I am well and truly coming back down to earth in celebration of the humble pencil.  It is one of my favourite tools and one I turn to regularly when …

Paper Trail

Recently I wanted to explore painting with water miscible oils on paper. The traditional supports for oils are canvas or wood panels and several reasons given for this include the rigidity of the support stops the painted surface from cracking, oils can cause paper to disintegrate and issues with framing oils behind glass. However, a …

Grounded

I must admit that I prefer the mindful use of grounded as being more self aware and well balanced - maybe my dictionary is rather old and outdated! Anyway, I have been reflecting on the grounds I want to use in my paintings and from that reflection feel more grounded as in self aware and …

Autumn is Drawing In!

In addition to painting, towards the end of summer, I returned to drawing practice, as many artist friends have done in order to continue to develop observational skills, broaden mark making and expressive range and to practice theory in tone and composition. I also particularly love drawing with pencil and find it is a great …

Work In Progress – Pule Hill

This painting is of Marsden Moor, looking towards Pule Hill, a rather iconic, wedge-shaped hill that can be seen from miles around. Starting and sketching. Blocking in Adjusting colour, shape and form Adding detail Final Result

Scumbling

There are a number of painting techniques that I particularly like with oils and one of them is scumbling. Scumbling is traditionally described as applying a thin coat of broken colour to change the effect of the base colour without totally covering it. It is often advised to use opaque colours and lighter colours over …

My Studio Space

Once the children left 'the nest' I have been lucky enough to commandeer one of our bedrooms as a studio space. This room has been re-jiggled many times to make it work for me with what I am currently doing but generally I am happy with it for what I want to do now. It …