A murky morning from down the valley. I tried acrylics for this one while I figure out how to paint oil on slippery panel ( the gesso is drying so I’ll try painting oil on it very soon).  It was easy to get the misty effect with acrylic paint and I’d love to find out how to do this with oils – more playtime! In comparison to oil, acrylics seem rather flat & lifeless – I know I’m just beginning but can you get texture & life into acrylic paint?

A murky morning from down the valley. I tried acrylics for this one while I figure out how to paint oil on slippery panel ( the gesso is drying so I’ll try painting oil on it very soon). It was easy to get the misty effect with acrylic paint and I’d love to find out how to do this with oils – more playtime! In comparison to oil, acrylics seem rather flat & lifeless – I know I’m just beginning but can you get texture & life into acrylic paint?

A murky morning from down the valley. I tried acrylics for this one while I figure out how to paint oil on slippery panel ( the gesso is drying so I’ll try painting oil on it very soon). It was easy to get the misty effect with acrylic paint and I’d love to find out...
A remembered sky from a far too infrequent trip to the Pyrenees (they’re only an hour from home), a breeze sending clouds skywards in the early evening light. I like the atmosphere of this – the light pooling on the landscape, the hazy mountains receding into the distance.  I think the land is more successful than some of my  earlier paintings, and I like the sweep of couds against the darkening sky and the texture of the sky.  But….I’m not convinced by the tonal qualities of the main clouds, I still struggle with this ( must spend a week just mixing colours & playing),  and I still feel I’m timid with brush marks & quantity of paint for the big clouds where I think it needs to be bolder. It doesn’t quite have the fullness & luciousness that I’d like…hope you understand that?

A remembered sky from a far too infrequent trip to the Pyrenees (they’re only an hour from home), a breeze sending clouds skywards in the early evening light. I like the atmosphere of this – the light pooling on the landscape, the hazy mountains receding into the distance. I think the land is more successful than some of my earlier paintings, and I like the sweep of couds against the darkening sky and the texture of the sky. But….I’m not convinced by the tonal qualities of the main clouds, I still struggle with this ( must spend a week just mixing colours & playing), and I still feel I’m timid with brush marks & quantity of paint for the big clouds where I think it needs to be bolder. It doesn’t quite have the fullness & luciousness that I’d like…hope you understand that?

A remembered sky from a far too infrequent trip to the Pyrenees (they’re only an hour from home), a breeze sending clouds skywards in the early evening light. I like the atmosphere of this – the light pooling on the landscape, the hazy mountains receding into...
I have long admired Joan Eardley’s work. This cold  wet day was the ideal opportunity to break out the soft pastels and attempt to transcribe a couple of her pastel studies. It’s been a long time since a worked in soft pastel; I found this exercise absorbing so definitely switched on the right side of my brain.

I have long admired Joan Eardley’s work. This cold wet day was the ideal opportunity to break out the soft pastels and attempt to transcribe a couple of her pastel studies. It’s been a long time since a worked in soft pastel; I found this exercise absorbing so definitely switched on the right side of my brain.

I have long admired Joan Eardley’s work. This cold wet day was the ideal opportunity to break out the soft pastels and attempt to transcribe a couple of her pastel studies. It’s been a long time since a worked in soft pastel; I found this exercise absorbing so...
Seascape oil on canvas board. 24 x 18 inches. I used a brush for a thinned oil under painting and then thicker paint applied with an assortment of palette knives. I used references sketches done on site and photos, then put them away to try not to get too tight and keep the right brain flowing.

Seascape oil on canvas board. 24 x 18 inches. I used a brush for a thinned oil under painting and then thicker paint applied with an assortment of palette knives. I used references sketches done on site and photos, then put them away to try not to get too tight and keep the right brain flowing.

Seascape oil on canvas board. 24 x 18 inches. I used a brush for a thinned oil under painting and then thicker paint applied with an assortment of palette knives. I used references sketches done on site and photos, then put them away to try not to get too tight and...
This oil painting 90 x 90 cm has been turned to the wall for many months . I have now looked at it again in light of Louise’s latest lesson on analysing your own work. I see a focal point of lightest light and darkest dark and wonder if there is sufficient tonal variation at that point and in the painting generally .. I like the atmosphere and the brush marks  but is it all a bit bland? Any comments would be appreciated

This oil painting 90 x 90 cm has been turned to the wall for many months . I have now looked at it again in light of Louise’s latest lesson on analysing your own work. I see a focal point of lightest light and darkest dark and wonder if there is sufficient tonal variation at that point and in the painting generally .. I like the atmosphere and the brush marks but is it all a bit bland? Any comments would be appreciated

This oil painting 90 x 90 cm has been turned to the wall for many months . I have now looked at it again in light of Louise’s latest lesson on analysing your own work. I see a focal point of lightest light and darkest dark and wonder if there is sufficient tonal...
On-site painting of wild phlox in bloom, oil on paper.  I’m not sure about that green V in the lower left quadrant – probably too prominent?   I also questioned the violet horizontal that moves slightly diagonally from upper left to center right; perhaps it should be broken into with some other colors?

On-site painting of wild phlox in bloom, oil on paper. I’m not sure about that green V in the lower left quadrant – probably too prominent? I also questioned the violet horizontal that moves slightly diagonally from upper left to center right; perhaps it should be broken into with some other colors?

On-site painting of wild phlox in bloom, oil on paper. I'm not sure about that green V in the lower left quadrant – probably too prominent? I also questioned the violet horizontal that moves slightly diagonally from upper left to center right; perhaps it...
Yesterday’s stormy sky….torrents of rain, palest of pearly turquoise, sparkly sunshine, bruised clouds, white fluff, startling pools of light…..all on a drive home from local town so I had to stop & sketch. This is the painting of that moment – 64x48cm oil on thick oil paper. I’m really not sure how to begin to evaluate this one…there are moments when I think it’s quite bold , & the next I think it’s too conservative with marks & the brush.  Sometimes I think the colours are wonderful, the next I think it’s a mess!

Yesterday’s stormy sky….torrents of rain, palest of pearly turquoise, sparkly sunshine, bruised clouds, white fluff, startling pools of light…..all on a drive home from local town so I had to stop & sketch. This is the painting of that moment – 64x48cm oil on thick oil paper. I’m really not sure how to begin to evaluate this one…there are moments when I think it’s quite bold , & the next I think it’s too conservative with marks & the brush. Sometimes I think the colours are wonderful, the next I think it’s a mess!

Yesterday’s stormy sky….torrents of rain, palest of pearly turquoise, sparkly sunshine, bruised clouds, white fluff, startling pools of light…..all on a drive home from local town so I had to stop & sketch. This is the painting of that moment – 64x48cm oil...
An almost rainy morning with bright clouds…a sparkly mist in the far distance obscuring the mountains.  This is one that I actually  like..the sky has lots of interest with colour & bolder marks & I like the balance of the blue & green & grey in the sky. The middle ground had pools of bright light beyond the growth (weeds) in kitchen garden which I’ve tried to capture.  It doesn’t  have a clear focal point, but is that necessary/possible in all paintings? I think it has enough interest to hold the viewer..  As you can see I’m not very good at critiquing my work…one thing I have noticed with nearly all the paintings `I’ve done so far is that the skies have a strong diagonal element to them – from top right to bottom left ( right handed problem?)

An almost rainy morning with bright clouds…a sparkly mist in the far distance obscuring the mountains. This is one that I actually like..the sky has lots of interest with colour & bolder marks & I like the balance of the blue & green & grey in the sky. The middle ground had pools of bright light beyond the growth (weeds) in kitchen garden which I’ve tried to capture. It doesn’t have a clear focal point, but is that necessary/possible in all paintings? I think it has enough interest to hold the viewer.. As you can see I’m not very good at critiquing my work…one thing I have noticed with nearly all the paintings `I’ve done so far is that the skies have a strong diagonal element to them – from top right to bottom left ( right handed problem?)

An almost rainy morning with bright clouds…a sparkly mist in the far distance obscuring the mountains. This is one that I actually like..the sky has lots of interest with colour & bolder marks & I like the balance of the blue & green & grey in...