Friday, 28 April 2017

Exhibition time - the Selection Committee

Select?  Reject?

This is a painting from 10 years ago.  This year's exhibitions are in full swing and I thought I might dig out this appropriate painting showing a lively moment during selection at the Mall Galleries.
The people are real!  Vivien Mallock the sculptor, Morgan Llewellyn , David Seekings and the late wonderful Libbie Pike.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Thoughts of warm days to come

In a Monastery Garden - oil, 16 x 16 inches (40 x 40 cm)
In February we were on holiday in beautiful Colombia and visited this ancient monastery (Santo Ecce Homo, near Villa de Leyva).  The archway, its irregular structure and the plants kept calling "Paint me!".  So I have.  I started with a more contemporary idea in mind but the amount of foliage forced me away from my original wish.  Too tricky for my planned version.  I'm happy with how it has turned out as it has kept what attracted me to the subject.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Long time no see!

Let's catch up over coffee.  Oil, 8 x8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
This little conversation piece (literally) was rather fun to do because of the padded and shiny jackets. The idea came from watching people in the winter sunshine of Innsbruck one year.  It was executed from my notes and using just a few colours:

Ivory Black
Titanium White
Cadmium Red
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Yellow
Plus a tiny amount of Crimson Alizarin and Ultramarine Blue.

1 April 2017: Announced by Light Space & Time online gallery that this painting has been awarded Special Merit in the Landscape competition.  667 entries from 26 countries.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Diversion from the Norm!

Painting the Town - acrylic on heavy waterclour paper 10 x 8.5 inches
I have a mount that has been waiting to be filled for quite a number of years.  I dug it out and then imagined what in my very long list of ideas might fit it.  So I decided on an idea then thought perhaps I should try something quite different.  The body poses were the challenge.  Perhaps this might start a series of working people. I already have another subject in mind for when I've time to experiment.

Friday, 3 February 2017

....and another memory of Syria

Syrian shepherds and flock - oil on gessoed card, 5 x 12 inches (13 x 30 cm)
I had a piece of prepared surface lying around and it kept telling me there was something I should be using it here it is.  I will now move on from Syrian shepherds..... to pastures new!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Memory of Syria

Syrian shepherds - oil on gessoed MDF, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)

This little painting was inspired by a distant view of shepherds during a holiday a couple of months before the uprising.  Some of the sheep have strong gingery-red patches and the ram had them in stripes.  I may do another version as I enjoyed this so much.  The photo is not great and is not showing the light and warmth.  Best I could do on a very grey day.

Monday, 30 January 2017

First sale of 2017

Mam Tor, The Peak District - acrylic on canvas board, 50 x 50 cm
This has sold via Artfinder and is heading for Scotland.  Now to think what to put in the large space it has left.....

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Poppy fields and country road

Poppy fields and country road - oil, 16 x 9 inches (40 x 23 cm)
Another take on the last painting, this time a summer one.  Not a great photo of it as the light was not good and there's a bit of reflection.

When or if I do another it will be a snow scene!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Spring yellow

Spring yellow - oil on canvas board, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
Odd to have been painting something of Spring as the snow moves across the country!  This is a road to one of my favourite local dog walks - Danebury iron age hill fort.  At any time of the year it is interesting as the field colours and crops change and the light catches the pine trees.  I thought the view leant itself to a slightly more contemporary look.

I now have an idea for a snowy version with a different shape but will have to use my imagination as we only had a sprinkling last night.  However, I have seen it in full snow in the past.
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