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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Clouds over Portmeirion”: oil 12×9 inches

Oils on canvasboard, 24cm x 30cm (approx 12×9 inches). Another from North Wales…Viewing the sky from a high vantage-point close to the Town Hall in Portmeirion. In front of me directly was quite a lot of open space and flat rooftop, not exactly inspiring material….so I cropped my photo down to exclude all this and […]