December Plein Air + other work

Not so much work created this month due to the exhibition and Christmas. Plus the weather has been so wet…

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Above are my paintings for the 4 Surrey Artists exhibition at Bourne Hall. The show went well and I sold a couple of paintings to some lovely people. It was interesting to see all the paintings up in one place and this has given me ideas for the future.

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I managed to get out a couple of times, once to the Wey… and the other to Steers Field on Ranmore Common

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I’ve also been able to try some ideas out in the studio by developing other scenes from my plein air locations

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Steers Field, Ranmore and the Belted Galloways

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Papercourt Lock

 

 

 

Sketchbook Work

I’ve been working in my sketchbook but from my studio recently. This approach allows me more time to think but not over think or over work the studies. They have all been of the River Wey and the Navigation Canal. This is a favorite place of mine, where I can relax, not have cars around me and concentrate on relatively simpler subjects.

 

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Papercourt Lock

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Wey at Newark Lane

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Wey Meadows at Newark Lane

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Papercourt Lock

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Papercourt Lock

 

New Zealand

I managed to sketch as we traveled around New Zealand this year but everything was a little rushed.

I used three sketchbooks depending on how much time I had.

Large Sketchbook

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Franz Josef Glacier

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Lake Takapo

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Taruheru River, Gisborne

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Aberdeen Road, Gisborne

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Bay of Islands

Medium-Sized Sketchbook

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Mt Sunday, South Island

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Te Papa, Wellington

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Lake Taupo

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Poverty Bay, Gisborne

Small Sketchbook

Return to the Sketchbook

I’ve been painting on watercolour paper (W&N) on my plein air travels but I have recently returned to using my sketchbook. I bought a small square sketchbook for black & white studies, exactly like the one I used in London five years ago and have drawn a couple of sketches in between paint outs.

Also I have returned to a larger format sketchbook which has been unused for a couple of years and like the informality it offers.

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Thames at Shepperton

Cranleigh Barn

Barn at Cranleigh

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Hay Stacks at Ripley

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Royal Festival Hall

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Buckingham Palace

August Plein Air

Another busy month painting. I’ve returned to some of my favourite places and found some new ones with the two art groups I’m supporting.

Early August weather was wet and at times cold but the second half has been glorious.

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Boxhill looking towards Denbies

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Hatchlands

Hatchlands

Hatchlands

Polesden farm

Polesden Farm

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Polesden Lacey

Steers field to Dorking

Dorking from Steers Field

Bushy House

Bushy House, Bushy Park

Weyside Guildford

The Weyside, Guildford

Wey at Pyrford

The Wey Navigation at Pyrford

Erics garden

Towards Norbury from Mickleham

Walsham Lock

Walsham Gates, Ripley

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Big Pond at the Nower Wood, Headley

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Ride London, Leatherhead

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Dorking

 

Dorset

Following our trip to Dorest in the Spring I’ve finally begun to get round to painting some of the places we visited. I’m using my own photos and trying some new watercolour/ink techniques.

We stayed in a village called Muckleford, which is situated by the river Frome. Every time went out we crossed the river over an old double bridge. This painting is from a photo I took on a walk to the local one evening.

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River Frome, Dorset

Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying out layering techniques with watercolours and ink. This is an extract of a photo I took at Lulworth Cove, where I’ve taken the darks to their maximum, layered the greens and added the boat for interest.

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Lulworth Cove

Man O’War beach, looking over the cliff to the cove below. On the other side of the cliff is Durdle Door

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Man O’war Beach

 

Black Dog Gallery

A friend introduced me to the art gallery & framers in Leatherhead , Black Dog Gallery, after hearing they were looking for local scenes painted by a local artist.

I visited them last week and they agreed to take some of my latest plein air pictures. I’ve mounted and wrapped nine paintings and they’ve accepted all of them!

Also I’d painted their shop earlier and they bought the sketch!

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I’ve asked them to frame up these two paintings and put them on show when they are ready. All very exciting!

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Yew tree in Norbury Park

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Mayfield Lavender Farm