First really cold day of the winter yesterday, with frost on the ground all day in some places. Forced myself away from the warm fire to catch the late afternoon glow as the sun starts to set.  The painting umbrella was essential to keep the glare of the low winter sun off the painting and…

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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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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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I took a couple of days off work the other week to pretend to be a proper full-time painter.  Spent some time on the River Nene at Oundle, which has a completely different atmosphere than the River Great Ouse that I am more used to.  One of the better “starts” is shown below.  In most…

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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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This is a view looking towards Holywell from the south side of the river.  It was threatening rain with the odd bright glow from the low sun.  Pleased with the overall atmosphere but the river needs work to make it sit flat and go back.  I might glaze this the unify all the bright accidental…

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