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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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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Just can’t keep away from the river! This time standing in ice and water near the Pike and Eel, but pleased with the  result .  There are some awkward lines and angles to be resolved later, but I can see this as larger painting. I have warmed the colours up with burnt sienna which might…

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Enjoyable couple of days inside over Xmas but desperate to get out and paint as soon as the rain stopped.   Determined to get three paintings done in a day.  In the end pleased to come home with three paintings that would not require that much more work in the studio.  The last one was painted…

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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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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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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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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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