Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mud and other things.

June Estuary   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  

Low tide exposes very interesting shores.

Studio Musings...

Another reclaimed painting and re-worked into this study.
I have a bundle of small canvas boards which can be used for this.

My painting process is much about pushing oils around.
I have become very relaxed about this now I am painting so much.

I am convinced this way of working has made a huge difference to my
confidence as a painter.  I treat my work seriously but also remember
it is only paint on a piece of board.  It isn't going to change the world.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Work in progress.

June Studio work  Oils on board  

An afternoon's work drying on trays.

Studio Musings...

A peep into my routine.
  After a painting session I lay my work onto trays
and let them dry in a warm, light place.
It was a productive afternoon and I managed to finish four pieces.

Another long one on the right was more of a battle and I decided
 to let it dry before I consider where to go with it.  

There are days when nothing goes right and there is more scraping off than laying on.
Then, when I think everything is lost, a glimmer of hope emerges and off I go again.

I have been painting for over twenty years and 'daily painting' since 2014.
Painting daily has certainly moved my work forward and the discipline
 of regularly setting aside time for my art has now become second nature.

How it all began...

Several years ago I came across a Daily Painter in USA named Carol Marine
and began following her blog and videos along with a few more artists I found online.

I studied what they all had in common... 
 They were disciplined, treated their work seriously
 and shared their process with others.

Carol recommended painting small so a piece of work could be finished quickly.
She often paints on 6 x 6 inch boards and uploads them for sale online.

Larger pieces would naturally take longer than a few hours.
However, to get the ball rolling a small piece was the way to begin.

Each evening I read their stories and the seed was sown. 
I would become a Daily Painter.

Quick studies...

Set Aside  Oils on board  8 x 8 inches

A useful exercise is re-working.
This was a small redundant board in my cupboard.

Using the existing paint as an underpainting I scrubbed some oils
roughly over the surface.  Marks resembled trees, a hedgerow and 
a field.  Left-over oils on the palette are useful for this process.

It doesn't really matter what the work becomes.
The act of mark making and a casual approach gives the piece a relaxed feeling.

I like this small landscape and have titled it 'Set Aside'; farmland taking a year out.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017


The road to work...

The little path to my garden studio

My studio...

A timber cabin in our garden

View from the studio door...

Part of our wild garden.

Studio Musings...

My journey to work is a few steps from the house.
I am very fortunate to have this beautiful place to make my art.

Lincolnshire is my home and birthplace.
I grew up near the East Coast and spent many happy hours
exploring the sand dunes and salt marshes.

Now I live inland surrounded by fields and a river winds its way to the canal.
I walk each day with my whippet Brodie, taking in the changing seasons along the way.
  I store up images in my mind noticing how weather affects the land and sky.

I think my paintings come from this.  
An abstraction of the landscape rather than fine detail.

My aim is creating a 'sense of place', atmosphere and a hint of mystery.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Moody blues.

Moody and Brooding  Oils on board  8.5 x 5.5 inches

Approaching storm.

Studio Musings...

I am preparing work for a show which opens on Monday.
Most of my day has been doing art 'housekeeping jobs'.
Things like labels, pricing etc. Packing ready for off.

My daily painting was reduced to 30 minutes just before dark.

This small piece was a very quick study using up oils on my palette.
Actually, my palette is getting very bumpy with piles of dried oils.

Perhaps I should start a new one but I like adding fresh oil to the mounds.
To throw this one out would be like ending a friendship.

Anyway...enough of my ramblings. 

'Moody and  Brooding'.

This is a very rough and ready piece which resembles a stormy scene.
  Oils were literally pushed around on a previously painted surface.

Yesterday I wrote about producing work without becoming too precious.
It doesn't matter if the resulting painting is only fit for the bin.

What matters is making something... 
anything which keeps my creativity muscle exercised.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Scrub   Oils on gessoed 140lb paper  4 x 6 inches 

Scrubby and rough..the dunes along the East Coast.

(Available by email)

Studio Musings...

The paintings on the site will be transferred 
to my other web gallery from 21st June 2017.

*As an assurance for my followers....this blog will continue as usual*

Barren  Oils on gessoed 140lb watercolour paper  6 x 4 inches

Daily painting is a valuable lesson in the 'non-preciousness' of art.
It doesn't matter how many 'duds' are scrapped...
Working steadily and daily I am more likely to make creative gains.

This little study might look scrappy and a little boring but it
 just shows how something can be made from almost nothing.

Using the left-over colours on the palette, I loosely scrubbed the shapes 
onto the paper without too much thinking.  Thinking can slow creativity.

I can think about the piece later.

Hot Day  Oils on gessoed 140lb watercolour paper  6 x 6 inches 

It was very hot in the studio when I painted this study.
I had to paint quickly so I could pack up and find a cooler place.

Maybe the speed of work was an advantage.
No time to get into too much detail.

I will be back tomorrow.

Monday, 19 June 2017


Glow  Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

A glow in the evening sky is reflected on the shore.

Studio Musings...

Using the same colours I continue my journey along the shore.

Scrubbed in quickly the shapes of a suggested shoreline appear.
I began with dark hues in the foreground and lightened the land in the centre.

The lighter parts resemble mudbanks and streaks of light are the final effects.


Here is a tiny study.
It just shows how a wide landscape can be made from a small format.

Countryside  Oils on gessoed 140lb paper  2 x 6 inches

On the easel to show the size

I might get it framed and choose a large moulding to give it 'presence'.

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Shadow  Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

The shore at ebb tide.
Texture and patterns are on show.

Studio Musings...

The second study this week about the shore.
In reality, each time the tide goes out there are different things to see.

The same thing happens in my work...
I can paint 100 seascapes and each will be different.

I think this is because I don't copy the scene.
Each new piece of work is a fresh start. 

It evolves as I work...the scene appears and I decide whether to
keep it or scrape off and begin again.  

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Azure  Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Colours of the coast.  A series of shore studies.

Studio Musings...

I have been painting a new series of coastal studies.
Using a slightly different colour palette has been interesting.

I like the variety of blues and greens.
They sit well together.

The grey/violet in the sky is a subdued hue which makes the other colours 'pop'.

Friday, 16 June 2017


Dune View  Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

A good view across the shore.
The dunes are popular for walking.

Studio Musings...

Making marks. Warm and cool. Light and dark.
The ingredients for cooking a painting.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Poolside view.

Ebb Shore   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

A line of rocks and violet coloured mud at low tide.
Pools and sand add a contrast.

Studio Musings...

A second re-work of a former seascape.
I must be forming an attachment to this deep violet, it keeps appearing in my work.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Later on   Oils on canvas board 5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Ebb tide and an exposed shore.
Pools, marsh and mud on show.

Studio Musings...

This is a re-work of a previous seascape.
I enjoy doing this.  It brings new life to a redundant piece.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Colour change.

Looking Blue   Oils on canvas board 5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Blue light around the Estuary.

Studio Musings...

This vibrant colour came about by chance...
I had picked up the blue on my brush without noticing.

A bold gestural brush stroke later and I had a surprising look to the hills.
I decided to leave it and I like the finished piece.

Was it a 'happy accident'?

Monday, 12 June 2017


Lincolnshire Storm  Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Sudden showers and sunny intervals.
Gathering storm clouds over a Lincolnshire field.

Studio Musings...

I like a little drama in my work and the April weather gives me plenty.

The bright lemon yellow of oilseed rape is seen across the county.
When stormy purple skies oblige, a painter must paint.

Work in progress...

Soft Light  Oils on canvas board  16 x 20 inches

Here is a piece of work about light on the salt marshes.
Mostly about greens and blues I added other colours to lift the mood.

Touches of purple and sienna make the painting come to life.

Now the board is dry I think I will leave it apart from using a darker glaze 
  of transparent Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue in parts of the foreground. 
 This will strengthen the composition, add weight and a little warmth.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Looking back.

Passing by   Oils on stetched canvas  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Landscape...loving the colour.

Studio Musings...

Yesterday I wrote about remembering the coastline and how it shows in my work.

Today, I return to landscape in Lincolnshire, my home county.
I live in a farming area and watch daily how weather affects the land and sky.

Occasionally I will take my 'plein air' trolley and paint outside
 but most of my work is made in the quiet of my studio.

This is a 're-work' of an existing piece.  
I kept the purple colours as an underpainting and worked on top.

Adding warm and cool greens to resemble trees and fields.
The purple adds a vibrant feel to the scene.

I shall leave it to dry.

Saturday, 10 June 2017


Coastal Pool   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  £ 50

Ebb tide brings life to the shore.
Pools sparkle in the sun.

Studio Musings...

The coast is a favourite subject for me to paint.
However, I don't stand in front of it with portable easel and umbrella.

I paint most of my pictures in the peace and calm of my studio.
This is a haven where my inner thoughts and memories are nurtured.

As I scrub the oils onto the board an image is formed.
My brush is like a pencil in a sketckbook making marks.
There is no need for photographs.  In fact, they would be a distraction for me.

These marks trigger memories, recollections and the delights of a place first seen.

I find it quite uncanny that as the painting comes together,
I am imagining myself right back in that moment.