Welsh Summertime: oils 8×8″

These are mountains near Portmadoc, North Wales, seen not far from the Welsh Highland railway line. I had hoped to do the painting on some oil-paper but discovered I had run out, so had to go to Plan B. I had a battle with this painting, which is on a canvasboard. The clouds painted up […]

Cloud study: oil 8×8″

Last week, I didn’t get a huge amount of work completed, but at least this little one in oils is almost there so selected it for the week. I am gradually using up my canvas-board stocks. I’ve decided to move on to smooth surfaces such as oil-paper (Arches) or Ampersand gessobord simply because I no […]

Late Afternoon: oil 14×11″

My first efforts on Arches oil-paper a year or so back were fairly successful, with a couple of pieces being sold. Those were actually done from a pad of 12×9-inch sheets, so when I recently purchased a couple of full-size loose sheets I wasn’t expecting any problems. This week’s painting gave me plenty. I am […]

“Near Threlkeld, Cumbria”: oil 7×5 inches

  A few articles on limited palettes took my interest during the past week or two. I tend to have a small number of regular colours put out when using oils; but more when working with pastels due to the greater numbers required for darks, midtones, lights etc. So this week’s painting is made from […]

Unfinished: oil and wax on paper

NB: I will post out artwork up to and including 14th December, after that it will be from 2nd January 2019. With everything winding down towards Christmas, my painting time is rapidly shrinking. I may have a post next week but not necessarily a new finished painting of any kind. The ludicrous behaviour of our […]

“Celestial Arches”; oil 12×9 inches

So let’s get back to yesterday’s post over on the old Dotclear platform; re-written here now as the start to our new WordPress set-up. Today’s picture is another “playtime” piece, using oils and cold wax on Arches oil paper. Abstract things are not a strong subject for me, but there is a sense of satisfaction […]

“Gourd with Marigold”; oil 8×8 inches

Today’s picture is an oil on canvas-board, one of my usual small-format studies. A nice knobbly gourd provides central interest, with a two-tone orange and green colouring. The dark background provides contrast for the orange colour, as also with the single marigold bloom below it. Another local exhibition is coming soon, just before Christmas, so […]

“Corrosion”: oil on board 12×10 inches

For a few weeks now, on and off, I have been playing around with my tin of Gamblin cold wax medium. Oils tend to be a medium on their own; there isn’t much you can mix with them for experimentation, other than odd things like sand, dirt, twigs, etc. In recent years there has been […]