Author: hughtango1415

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

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

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.

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

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
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

May Studio Work

I took part in the Sky Portrait of the Week challenge. This was set up on Facebook every Sunday . I really enjoyed the weekly paint and gave me the opportunity to try painting portraits in watercolour whilst listening to an interesting conversation between artist and celebrity sitter.


Other work in May

Global Urban Sketching – May

I participated in a global sketch in May and June 2020 as a way of travelling the world from my studio. These are sketches produced over three weeks of Lockdown.


Bruges, Belgium

Kuching City

Kuching City, Sarawat


Petra, Jordan

Sao Luis

Sao Luis, Brazil


Lille, France


Toronto, Canada


Riga, Latvia


Stonington, USA


Reykjavik, Iceland 

Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico


Newcastle, UK


Malaga, Spain


Bourtange, Netherlands

La Rochelle

La Rochelle, France

Traf Sq

Trafalgar Sq, London, UK


Haarlem, Netherlands


Bali, Indonesia


Dartmouth, UK