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August 2017

Walk at low tide - Porlock Weir

Low tide walk porlock weir

Porlock Weir, England, 22" x 15"

A made up scene based on Porlock Weir for a recent workshop.  My reference photo was a very dull day, so I added some blue sky and shadows.  It was an exercise really in light and shade and introducing a few watercolour techniques like laying down a smooth wash (the sky and water) and timing - letting everything dry for example after the first wash.  A bit of fun and not meant to be an exhibition quality painting.


Avenue Ithier Gorin, St Foy la Grande, France

Avenue Ithier Gorin st foy la grande

St Foy la Grande, France, 15" x 11"

A busy road junction in the South West town of St Foy la Grande.  What I think worked well was the yellow car and putting in that base yellow colour on the first wash which spread over the surrounding area.  I then repeated with a splash of yellow over on the left in the building shadows (I think there was some yellow over there!).  It's always a bit tricky to know what to do on the left - on a very bright side of the street - so leave very understated and get in some detail....


Angles, Chania, Crete

Angular shadows chania crete

Chania, Crete, 11" x 15"

A little exercise in perspective and angles.  The scene is an old part of town and some lovely chequered patterns of slabs.  So this was done with a couple of washes - the second being the one that creates the patterns using a mob brush and pressing down hard in the foreground to give a thicker line and then lifting the brush towards the distance to get a narrower line.  The angled shadows add another area of interest in the top portion.


Demo to Ross on Wye Art Group - French town scene

Ross on wye art group demo 1

Bergerac, France, 22" x 15"

A demo from a workshop I did to the Ross on Wye Art Group.  Normally when I do my demos to artist groups I offer a selection of about 8 scenes to paint.  Then with a show of hands, I paint the favourite one.  So on this occasion it was the French medieval town scene that was chosen.  I also go for half imperial size as well, just so everyone has a good chance of seeing what I'm doing.  Hopefully it went down well.


Plein air on the Avon and Kennet Canal

Lock gate at seend avon and kennet canal

Avon and Kennet Canal, England, 15" x 22".

A plein air at the village of Seend on the Avon and Kennet Canal.  Nice spot to do some outdoor painting - I positioned myself under the shade of a road bridge.  Only hazard was that I was perched on the side of the canal edge so that I wasn't blocking the tow path!  It gave me a nice view though, and the curve of the bridge roof gives a nice frame to the picture.  A painting from last year - I must catch up!


Down the lane, St Meard de Gurcon, France

Down the lane st meard de gurcon france

St Meard de Gurcon, France, 15" x 11".

A little lane in a little village in the South West of France.  Quite a simple view up to the main road with a couple of figures walking into the shade.  Old buildings like this need quite a few different colours to give them that faded or old look.  As I paint in the walls, there is a main colour but I add others to it like cerulean blue and yellow ochre.


Bunting down the High Street Corsham

Bunting down the high street corsham

Corsham, England, 22" x 15".

A plein air - I was standing outside the town post office, looking down the high street.  Bunting really helps add something to a view looking down the main street with its zigzag pattern leading the eye into the picture and being a frame for the top.  A really overcast day, so I had to introduce a bit of light with a shady side to the street and some highlighted car windscreens.


St Bartholomew's Church, Corsham

St Bartholomews Church corsham

Corsham, England, 15" x 22".

I don't often do churches as a main focal point, but it was a lovely peaceful spot for a bit of plein air painting until some maintenance workers started up their garden brushcutters.  I think one of the biggest challenges of painting plein air is loud noise.  I just can't concentrate too well.  Anyway, I managed to complete things before they got too close!  I tried to emphasise all the different angles of the grave stones.