Thursday, 17 August 2017

On the easel.

Work in progress.  

Oils on canvas board  12 x 10 inches

Studio Musings...

This painting is being very difficult.  It has a mind of its own.
Several times I thought everything was going well but the breakthrough didn't come.

It was rubbed off, turned around and generally re-worked.
Things began to improve when I added more paint and just made marks.

I have left it to dry and will review the situation later.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Glow   Oils on board  8 x 8 inches

An impression of flower meadows.

Studio Musings...

This rather late posting is a little study made this evening.
Just an imaginary scene...painted on a scrap piece of board.

I am getting low on oils and need to order a fresh batch.
Just three colours and white are on my palette.
Ultramarine, Winsor yellow deep and Permanent Rose.

The oils were pushed around with a large brush.
I wanted a loose, abstracted feeling.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Little studies.

Rough Track   Oils on mount board  7 x 7 inches

A Lincolnshire field

Studio Musings...

I like playing with oils on scraps of board.
This is a 20 minute study at bedtime.

It just fits in this painted wood frame.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Way out.

Marsh Light   Oils on box canvas  16 x 16 inches  

The tide is out...way out.
Light spreads across the shore and on shallow pools of sea water.

Studio Musings...

I painted this in two stages.
The first session was to map out the theme of the work.
I left it to dry and put it aside.

Several weeks later and a few rub downs,
paint applied and removed... it is finished.

I like the textured effect and feeling of paddling through pools.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Later in the Day   Oils on board  8 x 16 inches

Snow...softly relaxing at the end of day.

Studio Musings...

Abstracting is a favourite occupation.
Just enough detail to give an impression.

A sense of place is my aim.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


Outlook   Oils on board  12 x 10 inches

The tide is far out.  Saltmarsh on a clear day.

Studio Musings...

Here is the final painting of this series.
I have decided to include this in three submissions for a forthcoming show.

It has been difficult to choose which ones to send.
I wanted them to look right together.

Now I shall see if any are selected.

Here are the other two...

Interlude  Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Sunlight streaks across the shore.

Calm  Oils on canvas board  20 x 16 inches

Looking up the shore to the sandbank.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Third time.

New work 3

Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Tide is out and light spills over the shore on this bright day.

Studio Musings...

Creeks and pools pick up light and act like mirrors.
The third painting for submitting to the selection team.

I enjoy making a series of paintings.
They give a sense of cohesion and will be framed in traditional gold. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another look.

New work 2

Oils on canvas board  12 x 10 inches

East Coast sandbanks in the sun.

Studio Musings...

The second of four pieces for submitting to the show.
I like this gives a sense of place even though small.

Not yet titled.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

First look.

New work 1

Oils on canvas board  12 x 8 inches

Ebb tide on the East Coast of Lincolnshire.

Studio Musings...

One of four paintings finished this week and ready for submitting
on Friday to a forthcoming show in the Usher Gallery, Lincoln.

I decided to have a series of paintings to give some continuity.

Not yet titled.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Weather patterns.

August weather   Oils on Ampersand board  10 x 8 inches

Clouds and wind along the dune trail.

Studio Musings...

Another Ampersand board to give me a challenge.
Again, I left the underpainting drying for several months.

The aim was a loose impression of late summer at the coast.
Clouds were dark, whipped up by the wind.

The sun broke through to light up the distant sandbank.

Monday, 7 August 2017


Storm   Oils on canvas board   10 x 12 inches

The weather is dramatic as the storm gathers over the lake.

Studio Musings...

Summer storms and colourful skies.
A break in the clouds allows the sun to shine through.

My loose brush stroke brushed across adds sparkle to the water.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


All is calm   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Soft and gentle.  Sunset over the coast.

Studio Musings...

A re-work for this painting.
I wanted to calm it down to create a gentle scene

Here is the first try...
I wasn't happy with the looked messy.

Calmer now.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Day out.

Humberston Beach   Oils on Ampersand board  8 x 8 inches

A sunny day at the Fitties.

Studio Musings...

Ampersand boards are challenging.  
This is my opinion of course, others may differ.

I have found that completing a strong underpainting, leaving it 
to dry and returning again later with a fresh mind suits me best.

Initially, the smooth surface was so frustrating. 
 I found my oils sliding all over the place. 
 In fact, I put this painting away for several months.

This week I tried again and found the surface was easier.
I pushed the oils around loosely and aimed for a relaxed impression.
Finished...I shall leave it alone now.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Old friends.

Abstraction 1     Oils on box canvas  48 x  36 inches

Visit to the past.  My first abstraction in 2004

Studio Musings...

This painting has gone. 
 I cannot remember if I destroyed it or painted over it. 

I keep the images of all my past work as a reminder of my art journey.
Many have new homes, re-worked or destroyed.

I have enjoyed my visit to old friends today.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Sudden light.

Brief Interlude   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

Light flashes onto the standing water at low tide.

Studio Musings...

A re-work of an old canvas made this painting.

I had no idea where it was going.
This the exciting part of being a painter.

It really doesn't matter.  Let your imagination go wild.
In my case...the painting evolved into a nightscape with a shore.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Hillside Trail   Oils on canvas board  7 x 5 inches

Walking in Derbyshire.
A September ramble.

Studio Musings...

Abstracting the scene with brushmarks scrubbed
 onto the board gives a suggestion of the area.

The lighter violet blue on the horizon gives a feeling of distant hills.

This painting will be for sale on

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stormy day.

Wet Weather   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches  

Ruts and puddles.  
Looking in the gateway at mirrors of the sky.

Studio Musings...

I was driving home from visiting a friend near Spridlington, 
Lincolnshire when this scene took my eye.

I cannot resist puddles.  They are like nature's mirrors. 
A simple scene brought to life by water.