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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“Hartland Cliffs”: oils, oilbars 30×22 inches

A fortunately dry and bright overcast day permitted me to get this canvas- board outside to photograph. Probably the biggest item I’ve worked on in recent times, but oilbars do tend to demand lots of space and elbow-room. The main shapes were marked out in pale blue before working from the top down (for the […]

“Scintillation”: oilbars, oils 20×16 inches

I’ll have a new picture to photograph, in probably, a couple of days so another post here should happen shortly. A few years ago I purchased some Winsor and Newton oilbars, with a view to developing some larger work. After a few struggles with them I began to find my own method and was hopeful […]

“Zinnia in Jar”: oil 6×6 inches

A quick one on this occasion; small still life with zinnia set up and painted over a couple of days instead of my usual couple of hours, due to other home activities. It would have been nice to have more time to spend adjusting the really fluorescent red colouring of this flower, but unfortunately not […]

Loch Assynt, Scotland: oil 12×9″

Back to Arches oil paper again for this one, because I wanted a softer look to the finished image. Arches oil paper lets you do this because you can make thinner oilpaint washes…..rather like watercolour….and then build more paint on them if you wish to. Loch Assynt is located in Sutherland, Scotland; bearing above its […]