First flight since Covid to Kefalonia.
Some conte drawings of my grandchildren Lucas and Otillie
May 2022 Three years since a foreign holiday so quite an adventure to visit my cousin’s cottage in Brittany to sketch and soak up some sunshine.
Getting to know my new home in the Vale of York. Very different to the Yorkshire Dales of course but with its own beauty. Very flat and big, big skies. I’ve been fascinated by the very necessary field drainage ditches. There’s a series of paintings to come.
I’ve started with two large canvases
See below …… Winter 2022
They have snow here as well
Studio painting Inspired by the rocks at Pittenweem
On a rare visit because of lockdowns to see our grandson we bought a kite. A quick walk to the beach and it flew so easily
Back home in the studio. Max says that he’s helping but I’m not 100% convinced.
A short break after moving home to Pittenweem. Some scribbles in a sketchbook
It’s been several months since I added to this blog. I was moving house, everything was packed up including the studio, and then the sale fell through. I suppose it’s fate because we’ve now moved to a lovely home in a lovely, friendly village. I’m painting again in my new studio with Max to keep me company
My first commission in my new surroundings was to paint a Trompe-l'œil mural for Scarthingwell Golf Club
and so, since I’d “gone large” I painted a triptych for our new home of the nearby fields …it’s big!
So I’m up and running again ??
April and the lockdown goes on. My eight week at the time of writing. I have rediscovered an app called Procreate and I’m delving into digital painting. There’s a danger that it might distract me from the studio but, for the moment, it’s fun and fills the hours.
March The Coronavirus Lockdown
Well it’s a terrible time and we’re all trying our very best to deal with isolation In our own way. I’m a very lucky man to have a studio about 20 yards from my door where I am spending most of the time. I’m continuing with some urban landscapes
and satisfying my passion for drawing and painting boats .... obviously I can’t get out so working from old sketches mainly done in Mousehole, Cornwall and on holiday in NewEngland.
Jack ....a present for Jim and Vicki
January 2020 New Year .... new projects
I’m beginning the year with urban landscapes (well, urban Dales style!)
It’ll involve getting out into Leyburn, Richmond, Masham etc and having a good look at these wonderful market towns. So much to draw and paint.
Silver Street in Masham (oils)
Middleham a small study from a sketch.(oils)
After several months of working on fairly small and medium sized canvas and board I’m venturing into something on a larger scale ... this is a start on a painting of a Turn in the Road from a sketch made in New England
A visit to an old friend in Lincolnshire and a quick early morning sketch from my bedroom window led to this large landscape. Fields in Spilsby (oils)
Holiday Sketching in Carcassonne
Christmas Cards 2017/2018
The Sea Coaler
The Beach Huts
Twelve months of travel and sketching. My Facebook page has many more
New England, Norway, Berlin
A Christmas commission
"Alfie" (oils) He's gorgeous!
The Beast from the East 2018
Prospect Hill (oils)
Summer 2018 - we've had some warm weather so a chance to get outside for some plein air painting - big brush small canvas
Series of still life paintings with a one hour time limit - alla prima
I've been trying out large brushes on small boards, some about postcard size. The results show a looser style I think
Bandit and Spider
Busy with large brushes
Some layered drawing - interesting process. May lead to painting
Too cold in the studio so it’s watercolours at the kitchen table ...
New England Lighthouses triptych
Roker Pier, Sunderland
St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay