Galloway Lighthouse with Cloud; 2.5×3.5 inches

Continuing the small ACEO themes, using Hydrus watercolours and white gouache; this has long been a favourite view of the white lighthouse at The Rhins, Galloway. Painted on hot-pressed watercolour paper, 2.5 x 3.5 inches (9 x 6cm). It was incredibly windy when I stood there with camera and note-book, quite impossible to paint. I […]

Clouds at Severn Beach: watermedia 3.5 x 2.5 inches

A small painting on spare mountcard, cut to ACEO size of 3.5 x 2.5 inches (I’ll leave you to convert that to centimetres). I did it primarily to find out whether it would work as a larger oil painting and can now decide whether or not to go forward with it. The view looks across […]

Cumulus: watercolour 3×2 inches

Really too busy for much painting these past two weeks. Strong gales have wrecked several garden structures, requiring much clearing-up, leaving little energy for quality production. This is a little imaginary scene, again on a very small scale. Painted on smooth white mountboard, using Hydrus watercolour and some white gouache. The size is just 2 […]

Nutshell Bridge, Stroud Canal; acrylic 6×4 inches

Having now found a frame for my Marmalade Rudbeckias, I am sorting the framing for my other exhibition-intended pictures. In between that I have been working on another small-scale painting, the result of which is above. This one proved a little more tricky to execute, being smaller than its buddy from a couple of blogposts […]

Ebley Mill, Stroud: acrylic 6×6 inches

I don’t use acrylic very often these days, having found it less effective for larger work than pastel….less effective for me personally, that is, according to how I work. However I have used it for small-scale work, such as “Groundsel” which was painted with small brushes on a black card. “Ebley Mill” was a bit […]

“Marmalade”: pastel 19×13 inches

This year’s garden rudbeckias unfortunately didn’t include the ones with chocolate brown markings….all the plants struggled in the chilly start to the year and failed to thrive. However, this type called Marmalade was much more successful and has produced a good show. Here are five that broke off in strong winds. They were rescued and […]

Hydrangea (sketch); 8×6 inches approx.

Currently trying to get my larger recent pastel outdoors to photograph, but it’s now raining for a few days so will have to wait. Meanwhile, here’s a small sketch in pastel-pencil of a faded hydrangea bloom. The shrub I have produces delicate off-white flowers, with touches of green and blue in the early stages of […]

Blue Jar with Flowers

I’ve held off posting this one because it had been lined up for an exhibition and I still don’t know whether it has “got in” or not. However, with pouring rain preventing me from taking photos of newer work, I’ve decided to put it up. The approach to this picture was based almost all on […]