Friday, 9 June 2017

Cantaloupe

5x7" acrylic on watercolour paper. $40. Available here

I love the warm orange colour of the cantaloupe, contrasting with the cool but bright backdrop. I had a lot of fun playing with the colours here!




Summer Path Study

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

Another plein air- this one of a path I've painted many times. At the moment, it's lined by the soft purples and blues of the comfrey, which I'm falling in love with painting! Still trying to learn how to paint dappled light- but there's no better teacher than nature, so I'll continue getting out there as much as possible!


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dappled Light, The Fallen Tree

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75 Available here 
(plus there's a pic of it on location at the link above!)

This tree blew down quite a few years ago now. It lies across a small stream, the trunk forming a little bridge (most often used by dogs) and the branches hanging low over the path. I've wanted to paint it for a long time, but couldn't find a composition I liked- but on this particular day, with the strong light creating a beautiful pattern on the ground, it was easy! I loved painting this and I hope it's as enjoyable to look at as it was to create. This might be one of my favourite plein airs to date!


Monday, 5 June 2017

The Red Shed, June

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

I painted this view in August last year, and loved it, so of course I had to go back and do another plein air painting of it at some point! It's fun to return to the same location and see the way it changes through the seasons. At the moment this spot is full of colour- purple (comfrey) yellow (buttercups) and white (chervil) as well as the vibrant green grass.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

A Row Of Shadows

6x8" Oil on Canvas Board. $45 Available here

The weather's been so pleasant this last week or so I've been out a lot, painting en plein air. This one was done on the main path through our local nature reserve- an open, grassy area bordered by woodland. I really enjoyed how the late afternoon sun was creating long shadows across the grass. As I was painting, I spotted several rabbits and a muntjac deer- sadly the deer moved on before I could add it in. Ah well- maybe another time!



Dog Walking In The Meadow

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75. Available here

Finally posting this plein air from a week or two ago- I walked to the meadow down the road and found a mass of buttercups growing there. Plenty of people were out enjoying the good weather and walking their dogs as I painted, so I decided to add one in. It was really enjoyable watching the pups bouncing through the flowers. Dog-watching is always a highlight of working in this spot!


Friday, 2 June 2017

Hi Viz- Street Corner Gathering

15x21cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

Following on from my previous painting, I gave green hi-viz a shot. I had a bit of a struggle with the background, but found working on the figures very satisfying- they more or less painted themselves.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hi-Viz: A Quick Break

15x21cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

Each time we go to London, I find my attention drawn to all the workers in Hi-Viz. The fluorescent oranges and greens are so striking. I've been putting off painting them because I kept thinking "will everyone else just think I'm crazy?" And then I realised I should be painting what I want, and not worrying so much about what others think. Sometimes it's hard, when a painting gets next to no views, or people ask you what the point of it is. After all, you find your own artistic voice by experimenting and following your own intuition, not by chasing the expectations of others.

That said, I do hope you don't think I'm crazy... I just like mixing bright colours haha




The Lunch Date

15x21cm (A5) Acrylic on watercolour paper. $45. Available here

Another for the "People Eating" challenge- my trips to London provide plenty of reference! Here's a couple sitting outside of a cafe, enjoying lunch in the sun. I fought with this piece a lot- it felt like there were a lot of elements to pull together, and I was quite surprised to finish it, let alone be satisfied with it. I'm really enjoying this foray into figurative work, a largely unexplored genre for me- I feel quite excited to get stuck into it and see where it leads me...


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Lunch Break

21x15cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

For the Weekly Challenge- "People Eating" and wow, was this a challenge! I'm still getting the hang of painting figures. I used a photo I took in London back in March- funny enough the hardest part of this was figuring out what to do with the background, which was a mess of intricate architectural detail and overlapping signs.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Cherries and Scallions

21x15cm (A5) Acrylic on Canvas Board. $45. Available here

I had a lot of fun building a composition around these scallions- and adding touches of yellow and pink into the greens to keep them interesting.


Seeing Red

15x21cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

More cherries! I really like how their shadows became an important part of the composition here.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Daisies and Buttercups

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

The taller daisies that I collected were the perfect height to sit in my favourite little tapered glass. I'd also found some little buttercups, which were too short to sit in any vase I could find. Instead I laid them in a saucer with some water. I'd like to collect a few more for painting- a trip to the meadow down the road may be in order... Their rich yellow colour is fantastic to mix.



Saturday, 27 May 2017

Daisies

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

Another for the DPW Weekly Challenge. Hundreds of these little daisies grow on the verges all the way up our street, and I've always thought they were pretty. Today on the way home from the shops I picked a handful to paint. I arranged the shoter ones in this little dark green glass that I picked up in a charity shop last year- finally, a chance to use it again! My favourite part is the soft blue-purple of the shadows under my slightly yellow lighting.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cherries and Glass Jar

12x15cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

I finally remembered to paint the cherries that have been in the fridge for a couple of days- they're great fun to work with, so dark and glossy, with a really rich red-purple colour. I'm really enjoying trying to capture it.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

In Bloom

21x15cm (A5) Acrylic on Watercolour Paper. $45. Available here

In response to this week's Daily Paintworks challenge, I took a look around my garden and found this little flower- some type of rose? At the time it was the only one that was open. I didn't want to pick it, so I just took some photos (it was too hot to be sitting outside, by my standards at least!) I checked again today and there are a whole bunch more in bloom now. It feels like it's been a while since I did a floral painting, and this was a really nice change of pace from some other projects I've been working on!



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Storm Over Stonehenge

8x10" acrylic on canvas board, $65. Available here 

Yet another painting inspired by the cloud challenge! I dug out a super-old photograph of Stonehenge, taken as we drove past it on the motorway, as my reference. I can never decide whether I prefer painting peaceful or stormy skies, they're both great challenges in different ways. In this case, it's getting all the subtle variations of grey right.


Rain In The Distance

Whoops I forgot to post this one yesterday!

8x10" oil on canvas board. $65. Available here


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

On The Way Home

8x10" oil on canvas board. $65. Available here

When I saw the weekly challenge theme on Daily Paintworks was "Clouds" I couldn't wait to get painting! Anyone who's followed my work for a while knows I adore painting skies. Unfortunately it's a flat white today, so I broke out some ref photos- this one was taken on the way home from an exhibition.





Sunday, 14 May 2017

Bluebells and Branches

21x15cm, oil on paper. $40. Available here

It's bluebell season! I spotted this cluster beneath a tree and had to do a little painting. Trying out oils on paper, which is something I don't often do. I'll probably try a few types of paper and see what I like best- it's always fun to experiment with new surfaces and techniques!




Sunday, 7 May 2017

Leaning

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

This is a slightly older painting I forgot to post- a very wonky old house in a nearby village. No, I'm not making it up- the beams really were that warped! I love how many different styles of architecture there are in this area!


Thursday, 4 May 2017

One Happy Apple

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

It's really enjoying all the bright colours I surrounded it with! It was a lot of fun to work on something so vibrant. I really love the way the glass casts a greenish shadow on the yellow card!


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Preparations

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

Painted for the "Exposure" Challenge on Daily Paintworks. I recently exhibited a few pieces at the Kimpton Art Show, which is held in a beautiful old church- this is the scene several days before the exhibition, when I went to drop my paintings off. Lots of people bustling about with canvases and clipboards under their arm, things being sorted on tables- and a general sense of excitement in the air. I really like how this came out, with the strong lighting and warm colours!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Spring Sun Study

 8x10" oil on canvas board. $65. Available here

A study of the tree in our back garden on a particularly sunny day- the tree looked almost black against the bright light, and the colours were all so vibrant. I wasn't happy with this when I first completed it, so it's had a few touch-ups since, and I think it's finally pulled together.




Monday, 1 May 2017

Don't Get Too Close

6x8" acrylic on paper, $45. Available here

I haven't done any veg still life paintings in a while! So I raided the fridge. I love these tiny little carrots, aren't they cute? Some of them are only about an inch long! They're a little nervous about the pepper... Safety in numbers.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Arcade From The Wynd

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

Painting all those windows was a real challenge- trying to get the values right. But I couldn't resist this subject- the side entrance to the Arcade. I really loved the presence of the purple fence around a building site- it helps the greens and oranges pop.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Waterfall Study

7x10" acrylic on paper. $60 Available here

Experimenting with colours, using one of my favourite subjects! I enjoyed trying to find colour in the grey rocky areas.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Comfrey and Forget-Me-Nots

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

A plein air piece from earlier today. I spent a little longer than I usually would for this size- I was really enjoying trying to capture the plants in a little more detail. I had a little Burnt Sienna on my palette, unusual for me as I usually stick to the primaries and white. But I might keep it around for a while.

A lot of the people who walk past me when I'm out painting totally ignore me... and then lean in to their friend once they think they're out of earshot and say "That painting was really good." It always makes me laugh. I wonder if it happens everywhere, or if it's just a by-product of Britain's social awkwardness...


Monday, 17 April 2017

Fences

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

A little study for the Brushstrokes challenge. I'm really enjoying watching the Spring colours emerge whenever I go out- bursts of pink and yellow appearing against the green.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Trafalgar Crowds

8x10" acrylic on canvas board. $65. Available here

A view of Trafalgar Square from among the crowds- it's fun to paint such a famous place from a slightly different angle. I was trying to capture the light here, I loved the dramatic contrast of the light sky and shadowy statues, and the silhouettes of the tourists.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cherry Trees, The Wynd

8x10" acrylic on canvas board. $65. Available here

 Another painting of the cherry trees in The Wynd, looking the opposite way from yesterday's work. I'm really grateful to the person who left their bicycle in this spot! It helps capture something of the relaxed atmosphere of this street, I think- away from the traffic and bustle of the centre of town. A nice place to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather!


The Wynd in April

7x5" acrylic on canvas board. $40. Available here

Another painting for the Exaggerate challenge. The cherry trees in town are blossoming spectacularly at the moment, and I've been having a great time painting them. I had fun with the colours on the street, pushing the warm/cool contrast between the light and shadow areas.




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Crashing Wave

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

I got the urge to paint a seascape recently! I dug out a reference photo from my last trip to the Isle of Wight. It's really fun painting greenish-grey water, the colour shifts are very subtle and a great challenge. I also had fun trying to capture the beach, which was strewn with pebbles and seaweed. 


Monday, 10 April 2017

The River Lea, Hertford Castle Grounds

8x10" oil on canvas board. $65. Available here

We had to make a trip to Hertford a couple of days ago, and while there we decided to walk through the Castle grounds. What a good decision! The whole area is full of fantastic painting spots, sadly I wasn't able to bring my painting gear that day, but at least I snapped lots of photos. Here's a study of a bridge over the river Lea, lined by willow trees and daffodils. It seems no matter where I am, I'm drawn to the water!


Friday, 7 April 2017

Sliced Strawberries

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

A study of some strawberries for the weekly DPW challenge! I really enjoyed the vibrant colours here.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Out of the Dark

8x10" oil on stretched canvas. $80. Available here

I have this mug which I have painted once before- it's so dark, and not particularly reflective, and can become a bit of a "black hole" in compositions, so I don't use it a lot. But here, I found some lighter subjects to surround it with- some dried flowers, and clementines, which actually bounced some light and colour off it! Here, everyone gathers around a fallen leaf, speculating on its fate...


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sunlight on Water

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75 Available here
(There's an extra picture of the painting on location at the link!)

Another recent plein air! This was painted in a slightly new spot for me, looking at the river from a new angle. I really enjoyed it, very peaceful- though as I worked, the sun started to move right into my eyeline which was a bit inconvenient- so I'll have to pick a different time of day in future! The strong light really made the river shine, though, and I had great fun trying to capture the reflections.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Ducks on the River

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75. Available here
(There's an extra image at that link too, of the painting on location!)

We've been having some lovely sunny weather recently and I've been rushing out to paint a lot. As I was sitting down to capture this view of the river, a couple of ducks swam into sight. They kept disappearing from view, and then returning just when I thought they'd moved on for good- but in the end I managed to work them into the painting. An experience that makes me feel spring has finally arrived!

Submitted to the Daily Paintworks "Spring" challenge.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Morrisons

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

Almost all the buildings in our town are quite interesting architecturally. This is our local supermarket. It was a real challenge trying to get the perspective right here!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sunlit Alley

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

I've been doing a few little architectural paintings lately! I was considering painting a building, but then spotted this little alley next to it, and liked the way the sunlight was hitting it, so I focused on that instead.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

After Strong Winds

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

A small plein air painting from a few days ago- I came across a tree which had blown down and was blocking the path. The one next to it had several broken branches. I'm guessing it happened fairly recently as the only people who really walk through this little area of woodland are locals, and quite a few of them seemed surprised to see it.



The Dimple Glass

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

One last entry for the Thru Glass challenge- though I'll probably paint more glass still life compositions in the near future because I'm having so much fun with them... This glass really challenged me- fractured bits of colour everywhere! And on top of that, I had the window open and the whole scene was bathed in flickering sunlight, which threw me a bit as the spots of light kept changing places. But I'm really pleased with the result!



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Captured

7x5" oil on canvas board. $40  Available here

Another entry for the Thru Glass challenge, something a little more complex this time. I wonder what the lemon did to deserve its imprisonment?


Quill and Glass

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

A little study made for the "Thru Glass" Challenge- just a warm up, I'll hopefully have time for something a little more ambitious later in the week! It's one of my favourite materials to paint.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

The River, March

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75. Available here

Here's another plein air from earlier this week- the first sunny day we've had in ages! It was so lovely to feel the warmth on my shoulders as I sat painting. I had been heading to a spot further along the path, but when I crossed the bridge and glanced over at the river I knew I'd found my subject! I loved how the light was hitting the water, and bringing out the uneven shapes of the riverbanks. This is almost entirely done on location- I've included a pic of it in my pochade box on Daily Paintworks- just a few stray brushstrokes touched up when I got home.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Longmead From The Woods

10x12" oil on canvas board. $75. Available here

Here's a recent plein air painting- I was testing out my new, larger pochade box! I love it, it's still light to carry and easy to use. I've painted in this location before, last summer, with all the trees full and green. It looks very different in late winter- you can see through them to the meadow and the houses on the other side of it. I'm really looking forward to recording the way it changes through the seasons this year!


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Watermelon Slice

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

I found this chunk of watermelon in the fridge, just the perfect shape for painting! I love the strong colours as well.


Fading II

6x6" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

A second painting of my daffodils!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Desktop

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

This one is from a while back- an arrangement of stuff that had gathered on my desktop. I used to use the same desk for everything- computer, eating dinner, painting still lifes. It would get horrendously cluttered, and it was hard to do anything properly. Thankfully I now have a separate art table for painting, so there is less chaos.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

March Sunset

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

As I was painting a still life, I glanced up at my window and saw the sun setting spectacularly beyond the trees. I quickly grabbed a spare board and painted my impression of it, trying to capture the light before it disappeared.