Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Detail of the window below ...

BAPTISM WINDOW, St John's Church, Southwick, Trowbridge, Wilts.

Pressing stained glass deadlines have taken me away from my painting for a while but I am looking forward to getting back to it again soon. Here's a detail from the most recent window; the subject is 'St John Baptising Christ'. Basically I used a watery theme with fruit and foliage as a background to the figures, and wanted a feeling of an Oasis, richness and an abundance of life-giving water.

Monday, October 30, 2006

WINDSWEPT BUSH. (Autumn may not wait for us, but I'm waiting for Autumn)
A well weathered bush waiting for autumn on a hilltop at Nolton Haven, Pembrokeshire. On Friday I went to London to see the Velazquez exhibition and some other paintings - and the countryside from the train looked as green as late summer, with just a hint of autumn colours. I expect it will change fast now. (That Velazquez, he sure knew about painting).

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

POPLAR TREES (at Black Dog Crossroads, nr. Littleton Panell)
Painted this 2 weeks ago on a lovely Sunday morning. The poplar trees nearby were beginning to turn as things get cooler; changing quickly day by day and and crying out to be painted. Cycling to the spot and setting up the easel I realised I'd got my turps pot but had left the Linseed oil behind. Disaster threatened! "...... "But I have to try" I thought ....... it all got a bit odd and tricky with no oil to lubricate things - turps melts the under layers (those who use oils will understand). Finally I did a bit more from memory to rescue it, and I think it works OK.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

.....the next stage..... With more build up of the 'shading' paint . This is shown here before 'firing' where the paint will typically fade about a tone lighter, then more paint may be added to create contrasts of shadow. THe window nearly finished but I have to fire the silver stain which produces yellows and golds. Then the glass is leaded together.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Very busy working on other things lately so the outdoor painting is held up. This photo shows the development of a new window as the painting is progressing. (The glass is adhered to the plate-glass easel with a drop of melted beeswax at the corner of each piece of glass - the process smells really good - honey like. Black lines are temporarily painted behind the plate glass to simulate the leadwork.)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Evening, towards Great Cheverell
My attempt to capture what seems like contradictory yet harmonious colours and light at sunset, where the sky goes from orange/gold through a pale green blue to a darker purer blue. The light changes so quickly.
Oil on Panel 30 x 23cm

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Evening clouds over Cheverell
Had trouble deciding which direction to set up the easel, everything looked so interesting. Chose south west, a quick burst of painting as evening drew in. Got pretty cool in the wind and regretted wearing sandals! Then my bike had a puncture so had to walk home, lucky it wasn't far.
Oil on panel . 30 x 25cm.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

'Reflections of Water Reeds' (Oil on panel 30x x 24cm)
Jonathan and I went painting yesterday, whilst Mary went cycling alonside the River Avon in the Woodford Valley, nr Salisbury. Great to see the sun again.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

St Brides Bay

ST BRIDES BAY (Pembrokshire)
Painted this from Broad Haven beach, looking into the sun, pretty blinding and my glasses Reacto lenses went very dark giving me false colours - so had to paint a lot without the glasses. Rather disorientating. Waves need more practise, they're a bit static here.
CLICK twice on the image to enlarge (second time in lower right hand corner)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

'Cliffs at Portgain' (showing 19th century industrial ruins on skyline) Pembrokshire coast, West Wales. Painted sitting on the rocks, an uncomfortable position which I'm sure left a lasting impression on my behind!
(30 x 24 cm. Oil on panel)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Farm at Bromham with fresh sprouting crops.
Early peaceful Sunday morning in June 2006.
30.5 x 23 cm. Oil on Panel.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hawthorne Tree above my studio on a hot Sunday - June 2006. Oil on card . 21 x 29cms
Attempted to capture a great display of purple/pink heathers, on a clifftop.
by the sea - Summer 2004

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tractor tracks in a wheatfield. 21.5 x 15 cms. Oil on card. Was hoping to practise on more green wheat, but suddenly it is ripened after the recent heat wave so will have to do gold wheat if I can get the time before it is harvested. This week is heavily booked!

Cow ignoring the sunset - June 2006.
15 x 21 cm Oil on Card.
After I painted tractor tracks in the field I turned round and saw this scene evolving behind me so had to have ago. A very quick paint.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Eddington evening, Salisbury Plain. Oil on board
31 x 23 cms.
May 2006
This started the present series of paintings. Done , during my son's music lesson. Working under pressure of time can help in some instances.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Morning view over a bay in Cornwall- 2004

Towards Little Chevrell, from Strawberry Hill.
Oil on panel. 15.5 x 22.8 cm.
Painted last night after sunset - 17 July 2006