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February 2018

Bristol Savages Sketch Night - "The joys of the open road"

Bristol savages the joys of the open road

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Bristol Savages sketch night and the topic for the evening was "the joys of the open road".  So we have 2 hours to produce a painting and no access to any reference material (e.g. do a google search on your mobile!!).  Always a challenge and always enjoyable.  Most of the artists came up with a similar theme - a windy country road, a vista and some figures...

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.


George Inn, Norton St Philip near Bath - Plein air from 2017

George inn norton st philip

Norton St Philip, Bath, 15" x 11"

A quickie plein air before lunch in the George - out with the Exiles last year and a painting expedition to Norton St Philip.  This was the painting after my YouTube recording earlier (when I filmed myself painting via a bodycam).  This was a slightly safer place to paint from being well on the pavement.  A nice view Contra Jour down the main street.  Painting done with my 3 colour painting palette!

Painted on Saunders Waterford Cold Press paper 300 gms


Bristol Savages Sketch Night - "Nothing new under the Sun"

Bristol savages nothing new under the sun

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Bristol Savages Wednesday night sketch night and the topic from the Chairman was "Nothing new under the Sun".  So we then have 2 hours to come up with a painting without recourse to reference material.  I took a typical French countryside view - a chateau, a few pencil-thin Italian Cypress Trees and some deep shadows across the scene.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


Gate entrance to Corsham Court

Corsham court gate entrance

Corsham, UK, 15" x 11"

The impressive entrance to Corsham Court, a large mansion house in the town of Corsham.  From a trip with the Exiles Plein Air painting group.  We would have liked to have painted the interior, but there was a hefty entrance fee, so not sure what jewels lie behind those gates.  I took the shadow from the lovely leafy parkland behind as a useful foreground interest and blended a couple of figures into those.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms


3 Pedestrians, Chipping Sodbury

3 pedestrians chipping sodbury

Chipping Sodbury, UK, 15" x 11"

Quite a loose painting of Chipping Sodbury High Street.  Simple first wash starting with the sky and then the background - a weak yellow coming to a warm value in the foreground.  I was careful to do a bit of painting around the cars at this stage.  Then when that was dry, I went in with the darks - starting with the background definition of the buildings up the High Street and then creating the figures and foreground shadows to connect.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press 300 gms.


Demo painting to Chippneham Art Society - Summer 2017 - Lynmouth

Demo chippenham art society

Lynmouth, UK, 22" x 15"

A demo I did last year to the Chippenham Art Society.  Normally when I do demos to art groups I start the session by showing 8 possible scenes (normally photos I have taken relating to the chosen subject type) - in this case a seascape or harbour scene was requested.  Then with a show of hands and trying to get a bit audience participation the photo with the most votes is the painting subject for the night.  So this was chosen from a number of different harbour scenes - mainly UK ones.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms