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 …

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I prefer the mindful use of grounded as being more self aware and well balanced - maybe my dictionary is rather old and outdated!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 …

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 …