Talking photos of paintings really highlights any weaknesses, typically for me dark accents that are too strong and so “jump” out of the picture. The other challenge is to make the surface of the painting attractive with varied and interesting brushstokes. I really enjoy moving the oil paint around so I need to convey that…

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Weather forecast says light cloud – but it still looks dark and gloomy out there. I have spent the morning in the studio working up compositions from colour sketches, drawings and photos. If the composition is right the painting will almost “paint itself”. If not I have often resorted to sawing bits off the panel…

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It was a dull day yesterday so decided to do a quick sketch in the garden rather than go out.  Good practise in sorting out closely spaced tones. The warm colour in the foreground is burnt grass from the heatwave a few weeks ago. I have been thinking whether I should varnish my paintings.  It…

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Not posted for a while  – been painting most days but been “pushing” myself regards both technique and subject matter and not happy to share efforts just yet.  A few more standard offering below.   I like the Earith one but would lie to repeat with less acidic viridian green. Pleased with the sky on the…

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Not posted for a while as my camera gave up on me, but I have really been enjoying my painting.  I need to get at least fifty completed before my Cambridge Open Studios event in July but that looks achievable. I reckon on average I produce a painting every other day – but only about…

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After Xmas got out to paint some farm buildings – looking for red/oranges against green.  Tried the village of Broughton it is in a deep valley ( for Cambridgeshire). Pleased with the result although a few spotty sky holes in the trees ( becoming a common problem) and perspective rather wonky.  Still prefer the painting…

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Not posted for a while so thought I would show painting from the last day that I considered as Autumn, and one from the following day that was certainly winter. Been inspired by some of Charles Movalli paintings to start trying a chromatic palette – and paint some boats.  I have always considered most if…

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Another day off work today so more time for painting. Decided to go up to Castor Hanglands, a nature reserve south of Stamford. The Hanglands is a mix of old woods and heathlands that has associations with John Clare, the Peasant Poet.  Very cold morning, -5 deg C when I got out the car, so…

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Now we are on the run-up to the shortest day I have been trying to make the best of the daylight. It does mean painting in pretty gloomy conditions.  There are advanges; less problems chasing shadows as the sun moves, and also easier to judge colours without the glare of the sun.  I have posted…

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Hi, not posted for a while as when not busy at work I have been working up plein-air pictures from earlier in the year ready for shows.  Some hardly require a touch, some a fair bit – normally getting rid of darks or lights in the wrong place, or awkward brush strokes.  Only about 1…

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