Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Canal walk study

A study of a canal walk that I take every so often. This scene was just after sunset and the sky was still full of colour. I just wanted to get an impression and perhaps develop on it at a later stage. Oil on gessoed board 6x8 ins

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Missed the bus.

Watercolour is a great medium for expression, because its  so spontaneous. That is not to say it is easy to achieve what one sets out to do, but that is part of the fun, it's unpredictability. This painting, is titled " missed the bus", a person just too late as the bus has gone. Streatham London SW16. Wet in wet mostly, as the day was winter with rain, sun and cold. It was great to work out an idea and decide what to leave out or portray.

Watercolour on cotton rag paper 140lbs 10x14.5 ins

Monday, 17 August 2015

A coastal scene

A coastal scene on the " copper coast " watercolour on Waterford Saunders 140 lbs paper. It's just a simple composition of sky over water and the beautiful blue sea. I like this paper, but you have to get it right first time, as it does not like corrections.  I just laid in the washes, quite heavy, to try and get the contrast I wanted, it's more about capturing the moment, rather than fussing with details, watercolour 10x14 ins

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Plein air painters

 Plein air painters, a watercolour from 2010. I was in Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford, Ireland, and the place was full of plain air artists scattered all over the town. This is a study of a group doing what they love....painting. Watercolour on Langton paper pad 7x10 ins.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Boats Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Bay

Boats at Dun Laoghaire, on Dublin bay. The sea marine green blue, the day I observed the boats, going through routines in sailing, under instruction. Clouds are never very far away in our northern climate. Watercolour on Fabriano artistico paper 10x14 ins.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Blackrock, Dublin bay.

A view of Ringsend power station from Blackrock and the beautiful Dublin Bay. Watercolour on Waterford Saunders 140 lbs paper 10x 14 ins. Yes, it summer, lol.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

An old lady.

A small painting 6x4 ins. oil on gessoed board, of an old lady. I mostly used a palette knife placing colours, with a little mixing here and there. It's a method I like to use with my oil painting, as the colours stay clean and bright. Brushes are used to shape and define where necessary.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


 Wild cornflowers in a glass, Watercolour on hot press cotton paper. I just kept it loose, without much detail, using cerulean blue, some magenta and cobalt blue. I added a bit of raw sienna to break up the blue tones, oh and plenty of water.  Langton prestige hot press cotton rag paper 9x12 ins.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Watercolour struggles

I have been trying to get some ideas together for paintings and struggling with watercolour at the moment. Oil painting is in my head, but another part of me does not want to neglect watercolour, despite not being in the mood for it, hence the struggle. The painting below is a preliminary study for a painting I have in mind. I will need to lighten the tones and bring a bit more colour into it. Not my usual paper, but Waterford Saunders cotton rag. Ladies....9x12 ins