Landscape painters cannot avoid trees. That is true even here in Cambridgeshire, which probably has fewer trees than anywhere in England. A noble isolated oak, willows by a slow moving river or clumps of birch and alders in wetland are all classic motifs. They have been painted so often by great artists it is easy…

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Summer is fading fast but it just means Autumn is on the way,  my favorite time of year. I have been out catching the last of the wheatfields.   I have also taken the opportunity to improve the photos I take of my paintings.  I just use a point and shoot camera.  Setting them outside…

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Out this afternoon painting wheatfields before the farmer crops them.  I think it will make a good basis for a larger studio painting.  I can play around with light and darks on the ground caused by the clouds. In the photo the bug stuck in the sky proves it was really plein air Here is…

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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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Slowing getting back into the swing of standing in fields waving my brushes about.  This one was at my default painting spot that I can walk to in 20mins.  Just tree, water and sky but it changes every day

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Long time since last post  – not stopped painting but “stuff” gets in the way of  the blog and painitng outside.  Working from home due to Covid-19 and spending 10 hours at the computer  is not conducive to wanting to spend more time at a screen.  Anyway getting out a bit more now and enjoying…

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It has been rather a struggle to get out painting over recent weeks.  The rain does not normally worry me, but the general greyness does sometimes dampen my enthusiasm. Any hint of the sun and I am off!  I have been tempted to try painting a few sunrises/sunsets. I alway thought they look rather naff,…

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Not posted anything for a while; getting out painting always takes priority.  I am not a fan of that all over blue light during the hot summer, but it did mean long evenings with that special golden light as the sun sinks.   Autumn is my favorite time for painting, especially when the Rivers and Fens…

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I recently took a week away to paint on the Isle of Skye – very different to Cambridgeshire.  Obviously there are more mountains but there is also more water and more midges. I went well prepared and had a great time. It took time to get used to judging the height of hills and getting…

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I am looking forward to Cambridge Open Studios next month. My studio will be open the middle two weekends – see Open Studios 2018 . However this year I am also having an informal preview evening on Thursday 12th July, the Thursday before the Cambridge Open Studios officially starts  – all welcome.  

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