Chrysanthemums: coloured pencil 12×9 in.

It is quite a long time since I used coloured pencils. My tin of Faber Castell colours has been sitting idle for over two years. It is certainly not a fast medium; this small drawing took me several working sessions of over 2 hours each time, working from the potted plant. It was not a […]

Japonica; watercolour 12×9 inches

I have been busy renewing my acquaintance with pencils and drawing in general. This has meant putting aside my usual tendency to hop about between pure experimenting and working on an actual image, in colour of some kind, either pastel or oils. This time of year is not good for live flowers unless you’ve got […]

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 […]

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