Rain is Coming: oil 12×9″

Just managed to get this one dry in time to be photographed and up online before I get into busier schedules; next post will be during the second week in July. Opportunities to make paintings of skies are taken as often as I can. The more contrast, the better. It does of course mean having […]

Windblown: oil 12×10 inches

The attempt to loosen up my oil-painting style has progressed a bit further, although a few pieces have fallen back to a degree of tightness. I shall finish them and let them be what they are, then move on. Today’s piece is on mdf board, with a smooth surface of alkyd white, which was actually […]

Killantringan lighthouse; oil 12×9″

I’ve spent most of the past couple of weeks with the oil paints. One of my biggest personal hang-ups is in trying to be more intuitive and loose with paint application, even in the early stages of a work. I have been encouraged to begin my pictures using more paint than I usually do. For […]

Rustic Gold: pastel 13×16″

Pastel work has been slow this year. I like to try and find some floral themes, but have been unable for some reason to settle on anything. Earlier this year (January) I completed “Catching the Light”, and have done very little since then, bar “Pink Orchids” (March) which was worked directly from a plant that […]

Afon Dwyryd, Portmeirion: oil 20×16″

Several weeks ago I started a larger oil painting, one of the biggest I have tackled for quite a long time….and even then, 20×16 inches isn’t exactly large by today’s standards. This is the River Dwyryd, as seen from near the White Horses tower in Portmeirion, North Wales. A lot of scudding clouds that day, […]

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 […]