Thursday, 24 May 2018

Rainstorm at Morcott

Oil on board 4.5 x 5.75 inches

Yes, I know I said 'Sunset over the Mill' was going to be my last little one for the time being, but I found I had 6 frames, not 5, so here is definitely the last one for now! 

Storm clouds are so dramatic seen from a distance, and coupled with rape fields, May blossom and Cow Parsley, it made a great subject for a painting. Might do a watercolour version of this..

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sunset over the Mill

Oil on board, 4.5 x 5.75 inches. 

The last of my series of tiddlers for now, I based this partly on a photo I took yesterday on the way home from Stamford - the sun was a fireball just about to slip below the cloud, and I didn't have my camera with me, so I raced back and of course, the sun had gone, but I took a couple of snaps anyway and tried to remember how it looked, and with the aid of the sunset behind be in the studio just now, I substituted the rest.
Oil on board, 5.75 x 4.5 inches 

Another little Spring painting of the River Welland near home - a lovely stretch of river as it winds through meadows. The sparkle on the water was the real 'hook' for the painting, and placing these last made the painting come to life with that little extra impact.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Grazers by the Welland

Oil on Board, 4.5 x 5.75 inches.

I've deliberately cut the size of the photo down to approximately life-size, otherwise the large file shows the brushstrokes as very clumsy and I wanted them to look brilliant, ha ha!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Bluebells and Campions, Short Wood

Oil 4.5 x 5.75 inches

Short Wood at Glapthorn, near Oundle, is one of the finest Bluebell woods in the country, always begging to be painted!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May at Barnsdale

Oil on Board, 4.5 x 5.75 inches

Having just done a 24 x 36 oil, a handbrake turn onto a diddy painting! A tiny size, but plenty of palette knife work in the foreground tree and nearer foliage, and a lot of work with the 1" decorator's brush.

The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches

I've been working on this big commissioned painting on and off for a couple of weeks now, and it's finally finished, ready to go to its home at Portree on Skye. 

Getting the relative tones right was the main concern - the gorgeous blue tones of the distant mountains was paramount to make them appear much further away and give the painting depth. 

Onwards now to paint some smaller Spring paintings, as Summer is rushing towards us at a great rate of knots!