Monday, 2 March 2015

'The Guildhall, Totnes'



































I painted this view of the Guildhall this morning. I took a photo after completing the mid-tone wash, to give an idea of how the painting is put together. Once this was dry, I put all the darks in, which pull the painting together.



Wednesday, 11 February 2015

'Roquefixade, France'


















This is Roquefixade, in the Ariege region of France. We were here a couple of years ago. The weather wasn't great for that week but, on this day, it was fine. 
My painting is of the village at the foot of the cliffs. At the top though, is the Chateau de Roquefixade, a ruined castle.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

'View from Berry Head, Torbay'


















This is a view I know pretty well. Berry Head, which is what I'm standing on, is a headland at the southern tip of Torbay. It is a national nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It's also a nice place to paint.



Friday, 30 January 2015

'Horse's Head, from Elgin Marbles'


















Last year we spent some time in London and decided to visit the British Museum. Initially, we went there for the Viking exhibition. However, the Elgin Marbles were also on show, so we also had a look at these impressive historic pieces. I thought this one would make a good study of light and shade.

Monday, 26 January 2015

'Catch Me If You Can'


















I spotted this little dog on the local beach one morning, running rings around its owner. In this painting I wanted to capture the movement as it dashed across the sand, and its lively character.

Friday, 23 January 2015

'Durle Stone from Berry Head'


















This scene is just a few miles south from us, Berry Head being at the southern tip of Torbay. It is a very rugged part of the coastline here, with tall cliffs and lots of hidden coves. There are many views worth painting along here. I've even brought painting groups here.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

'Bridge at Rieux Volvestre'

























Another bridge, but this time in SW France in the Haute-Garonne department. I like the colours of the buildings in this area.
An interesting fact: Rieux Volvestre was the site of the trial of Martin Guerre, in 1560. The original Martin Guerre left his wife and child but, several years later, a man claiming to be him reappeared and took his place for three years.