Gathering Clouds: watermedia, 3.5×2.5 inches

I am not in a frame of mind for producing larger pastel pictures right now. With just a couple of weeks to go before Christmas I am running out of time to give to preparing sketches for new ideas. So, with a few blank templates still available in my “cut-up paper and board” drawer, I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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