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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I have been enjoying trying different brush marks – small marks for quiet evenings at dusk on the Fens – broad bold ones for blustery days in Northamptonshire. I hope you can see what I mean from the photos of recent sketches?  I have been tempted by more square brush strokes after having purchased some…

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Last Sunday I went out painting with Julie Baker who is a keen painter of the Fens with its huge skies.  I chose a distant view of the river going round behind dark distant trees. Just as important for me was that it was out the wind. I was very pleased with the over all…

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The last few weeks has seen the first hints of Autumn  – a great time of the year.  Been chasing stubble fields before the farmers plough them in – see below.

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Sorry for not posting for a while – no excuses just been either working or painting.  I have actually been doing a lot more drawing than painting and have filled a sketch book in a month – a record for me.  An example on-site painting below.  Started with the fields much too hot in colour…

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Recently I have been guilty of using brushes that are well past their best and I think this has made my paint handling rather sloppy.  I decided to try some handmade brushes from  Rosemary and Co   which came highly recommended. Even so I was surprised.  I ordered some of their lowest price oil brushes (…

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Hi Been looking for some more paintings spots near home. I want to make more of the Great River Ouse that flows through St Ives   where I live.  I found the meadows near Holywell that have loads of possibilities.  I have painted there before but have only just started to see what is on offer. …

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Found a good lane near Conington with view towards the village.  Some sheep wandered into view as I was cleaning up, so may add some of these later.  I scared a few people as they strolled past – they wondered what I was doing at first hiding in the bushes!  I have been working on…

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  Decided to try something different as starting to get stuck in a rut.  Went out painting in the late evening and tried creating something in the twilight.  I could not take a photo on site as it as close to darkness, but image taken back home below.  Worth trying again I think.    …

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Spent Monday morning painting at Earith.  A bright day but tried to keep the tones down so I could get more contract between vertical trees and the ground.  The image below shows just how much move or omit things to make what I feel is a pleasing composition.  I missed out a few trees and…

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