April, May & June

It’s been a strange few months artwise for different reasons. The weather has been changeable and I have only felt like painting outdoors, so very little studio work. Also my focus has been on my Open Studios and the Leatherhead Art Club Exhibition, both went well but visitor numbers were well down from two years ago. I sold more paintings than 2 years ago and income was a little higher. Just about covering my costs for the last two years.

I chose to show my paintings from the virtual sketching lockdown , plus the local paintings I’ve been working on over the last 18 months. Over 150 on display and a wide range of subjects.

I recieved fantastic response to my work and I would like to thank everyone who turned up and supported me. My sketching style was popular, roughly half were in this style , with the rest being local scenes.

Local Plein Air paintings over the last three months

Platts Eyot, Hurst Park (sketchbook)
Shere (sketchbook)
Guilkdford (sketchbook)
The Mole at Leatherhead (sketchbook)
Haslemere (sketchbook)
Gimcrack Hill (sketchbook)
Leatherehad Bridge (sketchbook)
Mickleham Church (sketchbook)
Denbies (sketchbook)
Burrows Lea (sketchbook)
Bocketts Pig
View towards Mickleham from Bocketts
Gastons Farm, quick sketch
Lyme Regis using watercolour pencils
13/15 St Johns Road

February & March work

I’m starting to prepare for the Leatherhead Art Club Exhibition at Denbies, 17th May for a week; Also working towards my Surrey Open Studio in June (first three weekends plus the second and third Fridays). I have a lot of sketches to show and I’m planning to just mount these as there are so many.

Highlights on the Bridge over the Mole, Mickleham
Chris Foresy Challenge, Norfolk Harbour (Acrylics)
Mole Valley
Towards Worple Road, Leatherhead
Porto Tram
Chorley, Lancashire
Ripley (1st Plein Air of 2021)
Leeds to Liverpool Canal, Chorley
Fruit & Vegetable Seller, Valletta, Malta
Roughlee from Pasture Lane
Bury Transport Museum, ‘The Wedding Party’

January 2021 Studio Work

A very mixed bunch of paintings this month. Nearly all are responses to virtual or club challenges. These challenges allow me to try out new techniques and materials, so the work is varied.

The Rocks, Sydney
The Albion, Arnside
Bourbon Street, New Orleans
Ballina, Ireland
Tarasp, Switzerland
Sheep in the Snow
Norbury in the Snow
Candi and Laura

December Studio Work

A month working in the studio, completing challenges set by virtual groups. These groups continue to provide inspiration, challenges, motivation and purpose in my work. I discover new places and revisit holiday locations.

Accrington and Rossendale College, Woodwork Dept
Dartmoor Snow
Hobart, Tasmania
San Gimignano
New York Deli
Santa Claus Village, Finland
Thorncroft Manor
Lexington Street

November Studio Work

With another lockdown there are no plein air paintings to show this month. I’ve returned to the VirtualRibble Facebook group, painting both UK and International pictures from Google 360 photos. This allows me to select my own composition and create my own atmosphere.

Ludlow Castle
Family at work, Mhow
Floella Benjamin, Sky Arts
Laura, LAC Challenge
Norbury Cows, Franz Marc, LAC Challenge
New Zealand, LAC Challenge
Essaouira, Morocco, LAC Challenge
Commission, (unfinished)

Studio Work Oct

With the return of Sky Portrait Artist of the Week I have been painting every Sunday morning whilst listening to the artist and sitter talking to each other. Very enjoyable!

Also I’ve joined another virtual art group (#virtualribble) and have been painting views from Google Street View

Crail, Scotland
Lancaster Canal
Hadrians Wall

Northumberland & Lakes Plein Air + Studio (Sep)

As we travelled around the North of England I found time to sketch views of the places we visited.

Grasmere, Beck Steps Gallery
Ambleside, view from the Bowls Lawn
Hadrian’s Wall, near Housesteads Fort
Bamburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh, from Embleton Bay
Aydon Castle, near Corbridge
Alnwick Castle, with the Lion Bridge
Berwick upon Tweed, ramparts and lighthouse

Returning home I have painted some pictures from photos I took on the trip.

Seahouses Harbour
Seahouses Harbour
Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall

Studio Paintings August

These are paintings on various subjects produced in my studio during August

Lane to Downside
Leatherhead Bridge
Mole valley
Chertsey Bridge
Brazil, Waterfall in National Park
Beetles in Ouro Preto
Comillas, Spain
Lichfield High Street
Prambanan, Java
A long climb to the top, St Michele’s Mount
St Michele’s Mount, France
Hat Seller, New Orleans