Sunday, 31 January 2010

Grenoside Wood

It was a lovely clear day, Yesterday, so I went out into the Peak District with the intention of doing some sketching. On arrival, I soon realised it was still far too cold to sit for any length of time. I settled for photographing the scenary, instead.

Today whilst going through some older photos I found a woodland scene that I took around 17 years a go and just had to paint it.

Acrylic, 8x6.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Bluebell Wood

This scene brings back happy memories of a walk I went on last May with my wife, Maggie. It was a lovely quiet, sunny day and the walk finished at a pub that served great food.

The painting was supposed to be a lot looser than my previous attempts and started off that way - but then I couldn't resist adding in the smaller details. Still it's a step in the right direction. I'm going to have to get somebody to hide my smaller brushes, next time!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

More Acrylic dabblings

Some more 8x6 practice paintings that I managed to squeeze in, in between work and everything else. the first two are based on photographs taken last summer and the third is my take on a portion of painting by Acrylic Artist John Hammond, from his excellent book 'free expression in acrylics'.

I definitely think I'm falling into my usual trap of cramming too much detail into a small space, so I'm going to concentrate on doing several faster, simpler and more painterly studies, next.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

A touch of colour...

One of my new years resolutions, if you can call it that, is to do more drawing and painting on location. I'm fairly happy with the way my sketching has been progressing but wanted also to be able to capture the lighting of a scene. I tried my hand at watercolour last year with some success but am still not sure if it is the medium for me and as oil paints sound quite daunting to a novice, I decided to give acrylics a go. After a couple of tests on paper I dived in with this painting, done on 8x6 canvas board with four colours and titanium white, using photos taken last summer for reference.