November Plein Air

Its been so wet and cold that its been really hard to get out painting. But here are some of my November results.

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Crookham Wharf – sketchbook

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Dunsfold Village

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Thames Lock, weybridge

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River Thames, Weybridge

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Petworth

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

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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

 

 

July Plein Air

I’m continuing to get out and about where the weather permits. Its either been hot or wet this month so its been variable.

The pen and wash method continues to work for me and I’m progressing with new ideas and techniques. But its slow progress. Somehow when you are outside you just see the view and don’t really think how to get the best from it.

I’ve been out with the Leatherhead Art Club and Surrey Hills Plein Air group but also just Molly and me!

 

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Lindas House, paint out with LAC

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Bookham Common, with LAC

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Dapdune Wharf with Surrey Hills

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Box Hill with LAC

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Newark Priory , with Molly

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Ripley with Molly

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West End with Molly

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Pyrford Lock with Surrey Hills

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Brockham Fair with Surrey Hills

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Cranleigh Dog Agility Show, with Molly & Laura

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Mayfields Lavender Fields with LAC

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Winkworth Arboretum with Molly

June Plein Air

Apart from dodging the rain bursts I’ve been using the warmer weather to get out and about with Molly. Sometimes I’m out with Surrey Hills, others its with Leatherhead Art Club or its just Molly and me.

My focus is watercolours, using the panoramic format, which I think works well.

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St Johns Road, painted while at my Open Studio

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Newark Abbey, near Woking, with Molly at my side

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Dorking Mill, also just Molly and me

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Polesden Lacey

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Reigate Priory Junior School, with Surrey Hills group

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St Nicholas Ch, Leatherhead with LAC

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Wey Navigation at Send with Surrey Hills group