Thursday, 4 February 2016

'Distant Vistas'

Part two of my article is now in the March edition of Leisure Painter. 
Part two is on the subject of aerial perspective, often know as atmospheric perspective. Features in the landscape tend to become paler as they get further away. Their colours usually become cooler too. Once you understand this, you can make your landscapes much more convincing, giving them a feeling of mood and depth.

Monday, 11 January 2016

'Balancing Points'

I have written something for the latest edition of Leisure Painter. It's the first of a two part article on perspective. Part one concentrates on linear perspective and provides hints on getting angles right. An otherwise good painting can be let down by just a stray line or two so it's worth taking the time to get it right.
I've illustrated it with paintings, which demonstrate key points in the text.

Part two, in the next issue, will be on the equally important topic of aerial, or atmospheric, perspective. This deals with atmosphere and colour, and where to place colours within a scene. Colours tend to appear cooler and paler as they recede. Aerial perspective can be used to create mood in a painting...

but that's for the March issue.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

'Sun Worshipper'

Here's a demo painting from my workshop at the Watershed Studio on 14th/15th July. An exercise in painting loosely. It's the shape and character that's important, rather than detail.
Many thanks to Allison for providing me with some great lunches and lots of cake.
I'll be back again next year for another 2-day workshop: 'Watercolour Landscapes in 3 Washes' (2nd/3rd August).


I had my first workshop at the Butterfly Art & Craft Studio, for Art & Craft Days, on the 13th July. 'Villages and Town Landscapes' was the theme, and here's one of my demo's from the day. It's a town scene in Dartmouth, which I chose to illustrate a few tips on perspective.
Many thanks to Brian and Julie for making me feel welcome, and providing me with a wonderful lunch (and lots of tea and coffee). I'll be back next year!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Recent Watercolour Demonstrations

I've been away quite a bit on painting courses lately, particularly at Art Holidays in Dorset. As such, I've accumulated several demonstration pieces, which I have posted here...

Above 'At the Foot of the Castle, Christchurch'

Above 'Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth'

Above 'Cod Rock and Mew Stone from Berry Head'

Above 'The Guildhall, Totnes'

Above 'Iford Bridge'

Above 'River Stour at Tuckton'

I'll be tutoring another 5-night course at Boscombe again from tomorrow.

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.