Monday, 6 March 2017

Wet weather plein air...

I got my new plein air set up a few weeks ago now - a Guerrilla Painter Thumbox V2 pochade which takes 6x8" panels, and a new tripod. I've used it a few times around the house, but weather and circumstances have prevented its first trip outside. Today I was hoping for a repeat of yesterdays spring-like weather, and get outside to paint, but waking to hear the pounding rain put a stop to those ideas. So I compromised by setting up to paint the potted plants on the decking, by the French windows. For the first half hour or so I had the doors open in am attempt to capture the authentic plein air experience, but when I realised I was shivering from cold I closed the door and painted through the window!

I'm not sure if the 6x8" size will work out just too small long term, but it's fine for these sort of oil sketches for the time being. In all this took just under an hour to paint, and knowing the British weather, I'm sure I will do the same again when its just too wet to venture outside.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Daffodils studio painting...

The weather hasn't been too great here in Derbyshire this week, plus it has been the half term holidays, so my three children are off school. This has meant I have had no time to get out and about painting, which I'm itching to do. The weather forecast looks promising next week, so fingers crossed I'll get my new poached box outdoors very soon.

In the meantime, I have snatched the odd few minutes in my studio (which I'm so lucky is attached to my home), and managed to complete a still life of a bunch of daffodils. For some reason, they are always a subject I struggle with, I think its the distinctive shape of the flowers, together with their colouring, which always reads as too pale when painting onto a white surface. This time I prepared the panel with a layer of raw umber, which I think has helped make it a more successful painting. I resisted the temptation to fiddle too much, just laying the colours and leaving them, in an alla prima technique. 

Painting this filled me with optimism for the spring that is fast coming - I can already see lots of new growth in the gardens, with many possibilities for vibrant and impressionistic paintings! progress photo

...the finished painting

oil on 8x6"canvas panel
Available to purchase HERE 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Painting the dog...

Last week saw me painting my dog, yellow labrador Harvey. Again. Sleeping dogs are fortunately one of my favourite things to paint. 

Oblivious to me and my brushes, Harvey was snoring loudly throughout most of his modelling session, so it was quite easy to capture him in paint on a 6x8" canvas panel using my new Guerrilla Painter pochade box set up on a tripod in the living room. progress
... and the finished painting
'Painting the dog'
Oil on 6x8" canvas panel
Available to purchase direct from my studio HERE  
£100 including FREE worldwide shipping 

Other depictions of sleeping Harvey, who frequently appears in my sketchbooks...