This blog is moving!
At last I have discovered a way to have my website and blog all in one place.
So from now on all new blog posts will be on my new website.
I'm still writing about the same sort of things, and you can still find the old posts on this page.

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Jetty - nearly finished painting

I'm at the stage with this painting where I put it to one side and think about it.
It looks very blue in this picture, and it's not quite so bright.
I also added a diluted glaze of raw Sienna over the white posts.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Atelier East's Summer Exhibition.

You paint the picture, take the photo and send off the images by this magic device called email.

Sometimes they accept your work. Often they do not.

But as luck would have it two of my paintings were accepted at
Atelier East's Summer Exhibition, and the preview is tomorrow evening. 

Same time as the Olympic opening ceremony. Oh well. I'd sooner go to see art, and it should be a good night with music and drinks and nibbles, not to mention the raffle.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Finished Painting

This is the first finished painting from my Blakeney Holiday series.
It measures 30 x 30 cms square.

I wanted to capture the feeling of being on the water but also in the middle of  very green countryside.

Morston Quay Towards Blakeney, oil paint on canvas panel.

Monday, 16 July 2012

And Today I Shall Paint.

I am preparing to paint . !!!!!

Yesterday morning I drew the image from the sketch book onto the canvas panel with an HB pencil, then emphasised the image with acrylic paint using a very pointy brush.

I let it dry, I went out to a garden centre, and when I came home I put a pale wash of acrylic colours, Venetian Red and Ultramarine Violet.

And today I shall paint.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Is it the quality of your paint that gets the best result?

It was Emily's birthday.

She wanted a box of watercolours, like her sister's.

So we went to Hobbycraft
and I was steeling myself to spend quite a bit on a lovely box of paints, but no, she wanted the one out of the EverdayRange at the grand price of £2.99.

Phew !

So we bought that, and some proper watercolour paper and two rather nice brushes from the Cotman range. Not quite so cheap.

Anyway we took our purchases home and she had a try out with her new paints and paper and brushes, and the colours were so fresh and bright.

So have I been wasting my money on expensive watercolours?
Is it the paper and brushes that make the difference?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Atelier East Summer Exhibition

Two paintings accepted for Atelier East's Summer Exhibition.

Super large ( for me) "Stormy Sky Over Burnham Overy," and the more delicately sized "By the Seaside"

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The first painting from Blakeney.

The very first paintings from holiday sketches.

I am well on my way with the first painting of my holiday at Blakeney.
Blakeney as seen from Morston Quay. Weather was warm.

I have used:

30 x 30cms canvas panel, with a warm ground of Venetian red and white acrylic.
Drew on a rough image with 6B pencil
Then went in with the oil paints.
Ceruleun blue, cobalt blue, venetian red, Naples yellow, buff titanium, ultramarine violet, raw umber, burnt Sienna and of course white titanium.
Used a little alkyd medium and odourless spirit.

Waiting for it to dry so I can add the next stage.

Monday, 2 July 2012

I am back from  holiday in Blakeney, Norfolk
The weather was good and we spent a lot of time drawing and painting.
I drew mainly around Blakeney, Moreston and Cley.
I bought a lovely recycled  brown paper sketchbook by Daler- Rowney at Picturecraft in Holt, a treasure trove of a shop.
Here's the link

For the pen sketches I used a gel pen and it just skimmed across the paper so quickly and easily.
I also captured fleeting moments with pastel. You have to be fast out in the field or it all slips away.