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
Blackpool
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.

Appledore
Ludlow Castle
Ludlow
Rivington
Mhow
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

Coln
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
Suffolk
Leatherhead Bridge
Mole valley
Chertsey Bridge
Melbourne
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

Plein Air August

Mixed weather this month from heat wave to the coldest Bank Holiday on record! I’ve been able to get out when the weather was good and here are my outdoor paintings.

Guildford
Cobham, Church Stile House
Downside Sports And Social Club
Towards Downside
Crabtree Lane
Westcott
Ripley
Ripley Cricket Clubhouse
Farncombe
The Keep , Guildford
Silent Pool
Sheepleas

Plein Air July

I’ve been able to get out painting this month and its been great to be able to meet up with other artists and painting in interesting locations.

Being summer there is a lot of green about and the challenge has been to make these greens work, creating an interesting composition and balanced painting.

Steers Field, Ranmore
River Wey, Ripley
Headley Heath, near Epsom
Castle Mill, Dorking
The Running Horse, Leatherhead
Grace & Flavour, West Horsely
Denbies, Dorking
Shepperton Lock
Chertsey Bridge

Global Virtual Sketching July

I’ve continued to produce sketches from Google Street view as they provide a huge source of images, great locations, opportunities to compose from 360 degrees photos, from viewpoints a plein air artist would never be able to reach and I can do them quickly.

Virtualsketching closed its site on the 15th July but VirtualTravelSketch has replaced it with weekly destinations. I’m still painting plein air and there will be another post to cover these paintings.

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Tram , Portugal
Rome
Lucca, Italy
Jim Thompson’s House, Bangkok
Tokyo, Shopping street
Rio, Brazil
San Francisco, USA
Port Isaac, Cornwall
Tintagel, Cornwall
Leatherhead Bridge, England
River Mole, Leatherhead