Author: hughtango1415

Worked in advertising for over 37 years. Always enjoyed art but only focused on it recently

January painting in the studio

These are the studio based paintings I’ve produced over January.

Dorset – this view of Lulworth Cove was taken in the Spring of 2019. I love the 3d element of the view and I hope I have captured it.

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Lulworth Cove

Molly and I found this herd of cattle and calves on the Polesden estate in 2019. I sketched them but produced this as a painting

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Polesden Herd

I’ve expanded the view of this square in Guildford from the original sketch. I used line and wash to achieve a slightly different effect. Robbie, one of the plein air artists was the model.

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Guildford

Plein Air January

I’ve managed to make every Friday paint out this month. The weather has always threatened rain but has held off on all occasions. Which has been lucky.

I’ve taken Molly a few times which restricts the composition but on the other times I’ve been able to meet up with the other artists in the pub.

Shere was the first location of the year. I painted from the Church porch due to the rain but it brightened up and the sun came out. Nice pub in the village

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Shere

We held our annual lunch at Chiddingfold. Very cold and I had trouble with values and textures. So I added pastels to the church and right hand cottage. Fish and Chips.

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Chiddingfold 

Guildford was in a small town square and churchyard.

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Guildford

A very misty paint out on the Devils Punch Bowl.

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Devils Punch Bowl

My fourth graveyard on the month at Betchworth. Used different paper here for a change.

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Betchworth

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