The Coast is (mostly likely) Clear

‘Taken‘12.5″ x 10″Oil on PanelAvailable at North Norfolk Studios I am increasingly optimistic that the North Norfolk Studios event this year will be going ahead. 102 artists across the region will (hopefully) be opening their studios to show their work from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June. We will all be following approved safety measures. A wide breadth of …

Birches by the River

I have painted several pictures of Silver Birches some much larger than this which I am holding over for exhibitions. It’s been interesting working on compositions with these verticals across landscape and portrait shaped picture planes. I want to recommend a weekly series of YouTube videos by Ian Roberts called Mastering Composition. He releases them each Tuesday and I always …

Through the Meadow

This is typical of a view along one of my walks with Elgar my dog at a point where while he is scurrying off after a squirrel I stop for a breather and take in the view. The composition here is obviously an ‘O’ or circular one. I am learning to simplify my subject matter and to look for large …

Back to the Future

Across the Fields7″x 5″Oil on LinenFramedSOLD Although this painting is for sale now I will be including it in a series of paintings in our exhibition ‘Habitats‘ during the Holt Festival in July. I have been enjoying the challenge of painting more landscapes – both large and small. This little fellow was an experiment in composition. Rather than a landscape …

Out and About

This second national lockdown has me really appreciating time spent out walking my dog – even when the weather isn’t up to much. Its also fuelled my desire to push on with landscape painting. Having thrown away and scraped off panel after panel, wept in frustration and become grouchy about not liking what I have been turning out, a few …

Sally Forth

A belated Happy New Year. Here’s hoping that this post finds you safe and well. Like most people I’m looking forward to getting to the the other side of this pandemic. There are reasons to take heart and be optimistic even if it means being in lockdown a while longer. Vaccines are on the way and hopefully in a couple …

au naturel

‘Cut’8″x 8″Oil on Canvas£145FramedClick Here to Purchase I’m becoming a lemon aficionado. I’ve been doing colour studies of lemons in preparation to include them in larger paintings. I’ve been buying quite a few. Unwaxed, and when I am feeling particularly decadent organic unwaxed lemons are so much nicer to paint. Their colour is so much more natural. Lemon Bowl8″x 8″Oil …

Vacant

During Lockdown I spent a lot of time in this chair or with it – at least in the periphery of my vision and I often found myself thinking about my mother who passed away three years ago. Living alone in the stillness during Lockdown I would reflect on the difficult relationship that we had. The pause on normal life …

Take Two

Christs Words in Red 28″x 8″Oil on CanvasFramedSOLD This is a larger version of a picture that I painted some time ago. I painted both of these loosely. I have simplified the subject matter and relied solely on the large abstract shapes to carry the composition. When I did the set up I chose these two books for their colour. …