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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Just had to get out painting yesterday although not a fan of blue skies. The painting turned out to be rather a “green monster” but plan to add a couple of figures and maybe sort out some of the tones once back home. Surprisingly few people around with the normal problems with out of control…

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I have spent about a week framing and creating labels for my Cambridge exhibition (see earlier blog) and in that time the trees have start to turn spring green. Not my favorite subject. I have had a go at painting some local allotments, for a change. I have got a taste for it now and…

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Great time of year to get out painting.  The leaves have started to turn, but not yet too gaudy and overpowering.  A bit of rain would be perfect to get the meadows and Fens flooded – but keep quiet I mentioned that.  Got out yesterday first thing in the morning and at dusk.  Quick sketch…

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In Stamford today having been invited to take part in their festival events.  Started the day with a view of the River and then painted the market. It was a surprisingly sunny day so I enjoyed chasing the patches of light.  The on location photos are poor as the paintings are in shadow  – but…

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My excuse for not posting for a while is that, as well as getting out painting I have been organising exhibitions for the coming months. Went down to St Neots one recent Saturday morning, somewhere I had never considered painting before.  The red brick in the painting looks very strong! Another place I tried was…

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Back over the border on a dull but perfect morning for painting.  A cold to start but no wind for a change.  Both painting need some tweaks here, mainly softening some very strong diagonals, but the basics are fine to me.  Deliberately worked on keeping the colours under control with earth colours knocking back the…

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Rather a windy and cold Easter but I have been out painting most of the time.  The River Nene at Wadenhoe provides many subjects and I have come away with a dozen or so virtually completed paintings.  Painting in dull weather forces a concentration on tones which is rewarding but surprisingly difficult.  Getting distant trees…

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Not posted any thing for a while as I have been rather busy with life and repairing an old MG that I use on my painting trips.  I have also been very busy in the studio completing and framing twenty or so paintings from recent months.  A gallery in Cambridge has started talking my work…

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Autumn is a great time of year for painting. but also a time to look back over the summer, review the successes and the not so good. Definitely widened my choice of subjects this year, and in the main gone for more adventurous compositions.  Not many weeks ago I hiding from the sun at Battlesbridge…

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