Not so much work created this month due to the exhibition and Christmas. Plus the weather has been so wet…
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.
I managed to get out a couple of times, once to the Wey… and the other to Steers Field on Ranmore Common
I’ve also been able to try some ideas out in the studio by developing other scenes from my plein air locations
Steers Field, Ranmore and the Belted Galloways
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.
Wey at Newark Lane
Wey Meadows at Newark Lane
Its been so wet and cold that its been really hard to get out painting. But here are some of my November results.
Crookham Wharf – sketchbook
Thames Lock, weybridge
River Thames, Weybridge
I’ve been try out new watercolour techniques and these are the results using Venice as a backdrop.
My painting from a Clare Bowen demo
Due to our holiday to New Zealand I’ve delayed posting my plein air for a couple of months. Here some paintings from my trips out with Molly.
Thames at Weybridge
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.
Franz Josef Glacier
Taruheru River, Gisborne
Aberdeen Road, Gisborne
Bay of Islands
Mt Sunday, South Island
Te Papa, Wellington
Poverty Bay, Gisborne
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.
Thames at Shepperton
Barn at Cranleigh
Hay Stacks at Ripley
Royal Festival Hall
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.
Boxhill looking towards Denbies
Dorking from Steers Field
Bushy House, Bushy Park
The Weyside, Guildford
The Wey Navigation at Pyrford
Towards Norbury from Mickleham
Walsham Gates, Ripley
Big Pond at the Nower Wood, Headley
Ride London, Leatherhead
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.
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.
Man O’War beach, looking over the cliff to the cove below. On the other side of the cliff is Durdle Door
Man O’war Beach
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!
I’ve asked them to frame up these two paintings and put them on show when they are ready. All very exciting!
Yew tree in Norbury Park
Mayfield Lavender Farm