Taking Stock!

I’m in a phase that I can’t quite call a ‘pause’, but maybe a ‘holding place’ might describe it better. It has come about for 2 main reasons: 1) I have come to a natural end having produced a body of work that I am really happy with on the whole and 2) there have …

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 …

Keeping it Local

There have been some benefits found in this Covid Pandemic – not many I know, but I have noticed one or two things that I have been thankful for. During the period of lockdown in spring I really missed being able to go further afield onto the moors and do longer walks in the Peak …

Take Two

Continuing on from my last blog about video editing, I have finally finished the 'Introduction To Botanical Painting' film and there is a link at the bottom of this blog if you want to view it on You Tube. Although I found Openshot video editing easy to get to grips with initially, over time, as …

Lights, Camera, Action!

Well, it’s been an exciting, educational, frustrating, irritating, exhilarating, oh, and did I mention exciting few weeks! And the reason is that I have been experimenting and exploring filming art work and the bug has well and truly bitten! Mind you, my studio walls are reflecting varying stages of blue right now after a long …

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 …

Loosening Up!

I have recently been working on my web site getting it ready for the new year when I will be taking early retirement and looking forward to having more time to dedicate to my art and explore marketing it. I have wanted to get the 'brand' for my work right and was thinking about 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 …

Going Digital?

Over the lovely sunny days of July I have enjoyed some grand days out on walks in beautiful Yorkshire! Now, whilst I totally get the benefits of drawing en plein air I really don't like carrying lots of stuff when out on a general day with my family. I like to travel light! As light …

What’s my point?

During my artistic journey to date I have found so many things interesting, fascinating, joyful, a pleasure. I love seeing other people's work and have marvelled in their skill and the results. I have learnt so much by trying various different things with varying degrees of success. And whilst, not infrequently, I have been able …

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 …