Staithes Out to Sea

Staithes Out to Sea

Staithes, North Yorkshire, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A composition I have done before...but I just changed the direction of the boat.  For me, this sort of scene has everything.  A light value background kept really simple.  Then some middle ground interest with shadows to give form and depth.  And top it off with some reflections.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Sherston Plein Air painting #2

Sherston plein air painting #2

Sherston, Watercolour 15" x 11"

Second Plein Air painting on a summer trip to the pretty village of Sherston.  We don't often get hot days in the UK, but this was quite a warm day, you you had to work quick on the painting.  Luckily I found shady spot number 2, pitched in the shade of a large house looking up this street.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press 300 gms


Plein air watercolour demonstration - Malmesbury #2 - Rain stopped play

Just to show what it's like painting outdoors in the UK in summer, here's my second effort in a town local to me, Malmesbury.  So a quieter spot this one and meant to be a study of the end of the church, some tomb stones and a tree casting shadow.  But as the painting progressed, a fine misty rain came down and spoiled the show...

Painted on Saunders Waterford, cold press 300 gms paper - not waterproof paper but damned good!




Corsham High Street, bunting 2

Corsham high street bunting 2

Corsham UK, 15" x 11".

A plein air painting whilst out with the Exiles painting group in the summer of 2017.  The bunting always seems to be out in Corsham.  From a composition point of view, a nice way to have something framing the top of the picture and connecting the left with the right.  This was a particularly sunny period just before the heavens opened (typical British Summer) and we all sheltered rapidly in the nearby coffee shop.

Painted on Saunders Waterford Cold Press Paper, 300 gms


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.