Wednesday, 2 October 2013

October Mists ... And Back to the Studio

October Mists, Derbyshire 9" x 10" Gouache.

Back in the studio after a summer of spending much time in the outdoors and travelling, I needed to get my hand in again and gouache is more forgiving than watercolour!  I love this time of year when the mornings have a nip in the air and are often misty. And then the low sun breaks through and imparts a soft glow to the landscape, catching the grasses and seed heads with a dreamy light.

This was painted in gouache on Arches (Not), mostly wet in wet. I wanted to create an etherial, dreamy mood so kept most of the edges soft. I drew the dark foreground grasses with my bamboo pen, pulling up some of the wet paint from the bottom edges of the painting. I'd forgotten how lovely gouache is to use ....

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Morning Mists and Cooler Weather

'Morning Mists'. Mixed Media

I know! We English are never happy with the weather. I do love the sun but it's been so hot these last weeks that it's difficult to get much done in my studio after about 2pm. Escaping, in my painting, to some slightly cooler, atmospehric autumn days ...

Mixed Media (watercolour, acrylic inks and oil pastel) on Arches Board.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Autumn Sun and The Call of Moorhens.

Autumn Sun and The Call of Moorhens. Mixed Media

This is from my memory of a walk last year when the call of moorhens filled the crisp autumn air.

What I really love about walking in nature is that you often get up close and personal with wildlife. Birds can be glimpsed through tangled branches and watched undisturbed. Little 'windows' beckon you to peer into and through to a secret world beyond the paths and tracks. I have many photos and sketches of tangled hedgerows and woodland ... they have become almost an obsession with me!

This last couple of weeks, I have been experimenting with my acrylic inks (and making many messes ;) to try and recreate the delicate mesh of overlapping branches. I've also used oil pastel which gives a lovely resist to the inks and a nice broken texture.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Spring Morning, Tom's Wood.

'Spring Morning, Tom's Wood' ~ Mixed Media

Due to the horrible snowy weather we suffered in early spring this year, the bluebells arrived late and have only recently gone from the landscape. There's a lovely walk through Tom's Wood near to us where wonderful blue carpets are interspersed with dappled sunlight. This is painted from my memory of our walk and a little imagination, something I'm trying to do much more in my work ... but it ain't easy!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Chianti Landscape

Chianti. Mixed Media

Dreaming of my holiday in Tuscany this Autumn .... painted from my memories and imagination.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

'Fishing, Millersdale'

Landscape painting of man fishing in Peak District stream.
Fishing, Millersdale. (Watercolour)

This is a small sketch (5" x 7") which will maybe end up as a larger painting. There's a lovely walk along this stream. It's so green and lush. It does get a lot of rain here but when the sun comes out the dappled light is magical. I haven't really captured that as well as I intended in this sketch ... I think I'll accentuate the deep cool shadows against the pools of sparkling sunlight more in my painting.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Garden Geranium

Red Geranium Garden Landscape
Geranium   Watercolour

The weather has turned sunnier today and the forecast for the weekend is nice! Time to pot the garden plants and makeover the rockery. That's my plan, at least. I love the deep reds of geraniums in terracotta pots. They seem to shout 'summertime'!
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