Lighthouse, Portland Bill, England: aceo, watermedia.

Shaking off the Christmas couch-potato syndrome is a little easier when working a small painting; it’s focused, doesn’t take too long to prepare and gets the mind into a constructive phase. At present I’ve got two ACEO cards in progress, plus a sketched phase for a new floral pastel. Today’s image is ideal for an […]

Start Point, Devon: line and wash, 5×8 inches

Last year, I had planned to do more oils, but somehow very few worthy ones materialised. I get the strong feeling that my work is shrinking in size….except for the pastels, these remain around 8 to 10 inches square or slightly larger rectangles (dictated primarily by the fact that pastel-sticks are quite chunky). This shrinking […]

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 […]

Onion; watermedia 10×8″

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, having started it in early June and then worked on it in short spells during the hot weather. It developed from a small biro drawing and a photo of the onion-head. These things look relatively simple but I wanted to do more with the details. In the […]

Daffodils: watercolour 14×10″

Daffodils present the painter with a few headaches, with regard to composition. They are tall plants, bearing their flowers right up on top and almost above the leaves. This creates many tall and somewhat thin compositions! Our options are varied, however; one is to actually create a tall and narrow picture; another is to concentrate […]

Stormcloud; watercolour 13×9″

My plans at the beginning of the year included doing more pastels. That plan seems to have melted away, as my experimenting phase continues. But it will come back at some point. For now, I am carrying on with exploring media that I have had lying around untouched for some long while. Eventually some of […]

Clouds and Sea; watercolour 11×8″

A new floral pastel is just coming to the finishing stage and I hope to get that on the blog next time, or the post afterwards. Meanwhile, I have been dabbling around with watercolour, to see whether the medium might be worth my while progressing further with. This week’s picture is just a simple play […]

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