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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Need to use Bigger Brushes.

Ok this is a cropped version of painting below, zooming into the central area, looks a lot better with bigger brushes.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Winter Tenby , Mixed Media 16"by11"

Again this was done with the same working method as below...the essentials that attracted me to this scene were:
1. The dark foreground foil.
2. The soft graduated tone of the beach
3. the typically winter colours of the sunlit landscape.
4.The marvellously dark grey clouds
Theres something really poignant about a winter sunlit landscape...like its a pathetic attempt at reverie....bit like that feeling I used to get as a teenager on a Sunday afternoon when I knew I hadn't done my maths homework for Monday.......


Down to the Beach, Tenby, Mixed media approx 11" by 11".

Liked the shape this ramp made as it slithered down the hillside, its also kind of significant for a lot of people I know, as kids and adults we have walked down in anticipation of the "beach" my kids have walked down this ramp too...kind of a gateway to a special land..of icecream...surf....sand...where the normal rules of life are dispensed with..its ok to waste time and do nothing...you all lie on the beach with virtually nothing on, and wade into the freezing sea like its the most normal thing........if you tried introducing it anew today it would rightly be banned...

Tenby Sunday Afternoon. Mixed media approx 11" by 14"

Saw this scene after a good lunch and a good pint....in a haze of Sunday afternoon bonhomie towards the world.

Early Sunday Morning Aberystwyth. Mixed media Approx 14" by 11"

This painting eventually landed roughly where I wanted it to, but took the scenic route, I took a video of the painting process which I hope to post shortly.
Plan was basically:
 1. High contrast foreground area of surf.
2.Rest of painting muted greys, but getting the colour of the sea correct.
3. Seaside promenade buildings on left to be a froth of hinted detail.
These points are what attracted me to the scene in the first place, I tried to convey them in an immediate and simple way.

Clean Winter Sunshine Tenby approx 11" by 14" Mixed media.

This is the start of a few paaintings with a NEW working method...how many times have I said that before...basically it involves:
1.taking a photo of a scene that really strikes me...
2.then taking a video of same scene with a narration describing the main 2 or 3 elements that attract me to the scene.
3.In the studio I then paint a "foundation" of watercolour, with tones and colours as accurate as I can.....
4.then to freely apply thick acrylic , I use as large brushes that I can, to try and get something of the freshness of what attracted me to the scene in the first place.

This seemingly convoluted method of getting back to the essence of the landscape, is bourne out of dissatisfaction for Plein Air painting, which can deteriorate into 3 hour numbing exercise....the light/weather/mood changes and the painting can sometimes get  diffused.
Just plain photos of the scene often look pretty uninspiring when printed in the studio.



Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Magic Cloud: Watercolour plein air, 11" wide.


Again This needs to be seen BIG, its really twee seen small.
Again this painting done from one of my favourite locations Dryslwyn castle in the Towy Valley, 360 degree blockbuster views.

Storm Thistles: watercolour Plein air 10" wide


This needs to be seen BIG, its really twee seen small.
Had a stormy couple of painting sessions over the weekend. Very nice it was too.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Overcast Strumble Head

14 inches wide, Plein air and studio, acrylic .Kept forms and colour simple, sky got darker and darker, ended up like a Knapp Fisher sky.