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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

Bruges, Belgium

Kuching City

Kuching City, Sarawat

Petra

Petra, Jordan

Sao Luis

Sao Luis, Brazil

Lille

Lille, France

Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Riga

Riga, Latvia

Stonington

Stonington, USA

Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland 

Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico

Newcastle

Newcastle, UK

Malaga

Malaga, Spain

Bourtange

Bourtange, Netherlands

La Rochelle

La Rochelle, France

Traf Sq

Trafalgar Sq, London, UK

Haarlem

Haarlem, Netherlands

Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Dartmouth

Dartmouth, UK

April Studio Work

I’ve been using my sketchbook to continue with my free’er watercolour style. I’ve also entered a challenge with the Mall Galleries to paint from a live camera stream of Newlyn Harbour.

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Newlyn Harbour

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Mole Valley at Leatherhead

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Mole Valley, Norbury

More detailed work from photos I’ve taken on walks with Molly and from the Mall Galleries feed.

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Newlyn Harbour

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River Mole

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St Marys Church, Leatherhead

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Bocketts Farm

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Thorncroft Manor

April Plein Air

With the lockdown in full force all my plein air work has been concentrated around the house and garden. I’ve been using a watercolour block with smooth paper and this has helped with more detailed work.

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Molly and the shed

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Quick sketch of car

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The Old Apple Tree

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The house opposite

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Lilac Blossom

 

February Studio Work

With the weather being so wet I’ve been working at home on commissions, local scenes, catching up and trying out new techniques.

I was very chuffed to be selected by a group of friends to paint their mate’s boat. It was a challenging commission but I felt I achieved the brief, keeping the boat accurate but enhancing the backdrop.

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Hunter 350 off Dorset

Walking Molly everyday about Leatherhead I’ve forced myself to really look at scenes that represent the town/area. I’ve painted three local scenes.

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Leatherhead from Norbury 

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Leatherhead Bridge

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Leatherhead Waterworks

Molly was sunning herself on my bed and I was interested in getting this image in the style of Carl Larsson but only adding colour to the core subject.

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Molly sunning herself on the bed

The art group hosted a talk on ancient Roman art and we all had a go at reproducing our own portrait. The main criteria for Roman art seems to be enlarged eyes, mascara, jewellery, simple hair technique and grey background

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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