Thursday, 25 August 2016

Grey Skies

5x7" oil on canvas board. SOLD

After the string of hot days we've had lately I've been longing for a stormy grey sky like this.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Summer Cloud Study

5x7" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

Following on from my last two paintings... This time, the focus is purely on the clouds. I tried a vertical compostion which I think works quite well for this skyscape.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Gently Drifting

5x7" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

Another cloud study from my trip over the weekend. This one has a very peaceful feeling I think. I really enjoyed capturing all the subtle shades of light and shadow.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sky Over The Fens

5x7" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

I went to see my uncle in Lincolnshire over the weekend. The land there is very flat, and the sky dominates; the weather played its part for me as well, the clouds were nothing short of spectacular. Expect quite a few paintings of them over the next few days!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Red Apple Study

4x4" acrylic on canvas board. $25. Available here

I dropped my work off at the gallery today, so although it's not that late yet (for me, anyway) I'm a little sleepy. Train journeys always have that effect on me. So here's a painting from last week, an apple in a china dish- the same subject as one of my first ever daily paintings, though this apple has a wedge taken out of it. It's been a while since I used acrylic and it took me a while to get the colours mixing the way I wanted, but I'm happy with the result.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Quiet Woodland Path Study

6x8" oil on canvas board, $45. Available here

This is my most recent plein air study- so named because not a single person passed me by as I sat and painted this. This particular path is almost always empty, despite being very close to a residential street- you can hear faint traffic, chatter, water from the nearby stream, and the rustles and crackles of the trees around you, but no one will disturb you here, even on a sunny summer weekend.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Sunlit Trees Across The River

7x10" acrylic on canvas paper. $60. Available here

Here's another acrylic- the yellow is not *quite* that bright in real life, my scanner just hates yellows. This one is looking across a small stream, to a field bordered by trees. I love the shape of this cluster, and I had fun painting them. I really like the way the 'sky holes' came out, where you can see spots of bright blue through the foliage. I really love the contrast of the yellow grass against the purple flowers in the foreground.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

At The Allotments

7x10" acrylic on paper. $60. Available here

I wanted to do something a bit different today, so I pulled out my acrylics and some canvas-textured paper, and set to work. This is a scene I saw at the allotments on a walk a couple days ago. I love the variety of colours and textures in the plants, the light shining through the greenhouse, and the shadows of tall plants falling across the man's back. I don't often include figures in my landscapes but I feel it fits this scene well. Everyone is out and about, enjoying the pleasant weather while it lasts.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Dappled Light Study

6x8" oil on canvas board. $45 Available here 

One of today's two plein air studies, this one focusing on dappled light falling on the path. It was about three thirty in the afternoon when I started this one, and very warm, but there was a pleasant cool breeze that stopped it from being uncomfortable. I wish the ground had been flatter, though- my walkstool was very wobbly and more than a few times I thought it was going to tip over as I shifted...

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Forest Floor Study

6x8" oil on canvas board. $45. Available here

Another plein air study- this was done on the same day as 'An Overgrown Path.' I decided to move off the path a little and sit in the shade among the trees, to shelter from the rain. The scene was quite dark, but I was struck by these tree trunks with the light behind them, and the oranges and yellows of the fallen leaves on the ground.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Another Sunlit Path

6x8" oil on canvas board. $45. Available here

Here's another recent plein air, and more studying trees and sunlight. I'm almost done with a large version (20x24") in a vertical format. I don't think I'll ever get bored of views like this.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Little Red Shed

 6x8" oil on canvas board. $45. Available here

Another plein air. I don't often do landscapes without a visible sky but I think it really works here, I love the composition. And I had great fun adding variation to the grass in the foreground. I'm not sure what this shed is, it's in a little private orchard- all I can make out when I get close to it is a bunch of graffiti on the side. It makes a great subject though. I think I'll probably return to it in future.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Meadow Trees Plein Air

 6x8" oil on canvas board. $45 Available here

Another recent plein air. This one was done in a meadow, looking towards the trees that grow alongside a little stream. It was a cooler, overcast day, and the dark trees against the pale sky made for great contrast.