Yesterday evening, I spotted a picturesque field with six cows and six calves. They were scattered around the field in a pleasing composition in front of a nice old oak tree. The ideal subject for a painting – or so I thought. But, as soon as I started to set up, they all wandered over to see what the fuss was about. They stood around looking at me for a while and then got bored and wandered off – over the hill!
So, with no cows in sight, I got on with the painting and, after an hour or so, they wandered back and I thought I would be able to paint them. But – no – they just stood in a line with their backs too me. Still no good for painting.
Eventually, they composed themselves in to small groups and I was able to quickly add them to the otherwise empty field I had painted. In a few short minutes, they had wandered off again but the picture was finished.
Cows near Poslingford, Suffolk. Oil on board, 8x12inches, 20x30cm.
Suffolk Summer. 5×7 inches, oil on board. Sold.
The picture above is one of several paintings I have on show in Bury St Edmunds this week.
Josephine Harpur Exhibition
17th – 22nd September 2011
The Edmund Gallery, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rye Harbour, oil on board, 8×10 inches.
Rye Harbour – Summer Afternoon, oil on board, 6 x 10 inches
painters at work
A five minute sketch in oil on board. 6×8 inches
At the weekend Karl Terry invited a group of friends to join him for a day’s painting. He arranged access to a private stretch of the river at Rye in East Sussex then, in the evening, showed off his skills at the barbeque.
The 5 minute sketch above was the result of a challenge. We all went over the time limit – this one took me about 10 minutes.
Thanks Karl 🙂
Low Tide at Bosham. 10 x 26 inches, oil on board.
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Another painting from my show at Island Fine Arts. until 2 Jul 2011
Harry Brioche, Roy Connelly and Sally Trueman
Island Fine Arts Ltd
53 High St, Bembridge, Isle of Wight P035 5SE
Tel: 01983 875 133
One advantage of working outside throughout the year is being aware of the changing seasons. It definitely feels as if spring is here at last.
I thought I would share a few of the photos I have taken while out painting over the last few days.
Clockwise from top left: The Chess Valley, Richmond Bridge, A friendly heron at Richmond, a tiny bee that settle on my painting kit.
Pissarro (left) and Monet
Two from Turner
Bellotto (left) and Canaletto
I often draw in the National Gallery and last week I spent some time studying figures from several different painters. These are some of the sketches I made of incidental figures. All of these figures, although not the main focus of the paintings, have a vital role to play. They add life and scale to the scene. Since the eighteenth century they have been known as staffage.
Below are some examples from my own work.
Above left: Little Boltons (detail). Above right: Pall Mall (detail)
I worked pretty fast on this 24 x 30 inch canvas to try and catch the light before it changed. The whole scene became gradually more blue as the sun moved around and I stopped work just before lunch. After a bite to eat with friends at a nearby cafe I returned to my easel just before the rapidly rising tide reached it. I will go back to the location tomorrow to finish it off – light permitting.
I returned the following morning hoping to finish it off but the light was totally different. I worked a little on the foreshore then left it to finish another day. I am now waiting for a day when the tide is lowest at 11am and with a clear sky but before the leaves come out on the trees. Hopefully that is not too much to ask for. Below you can see the picture as it is at the moment.
Just a couple of photos of me working at some fabulous locations on my recent trip to Dorset.
Top: At Old Harry Rocks (spot the Artist!)Above: Painting on the beach at Lyme Regis.
I will post some of the paintings as soon as I get round to photographing them.
I painted this view of Golden Cap from several miles away on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset. It is a very small picture at only 4 inches high.
Island Fine Arts. Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
27 March – 24 April 2010
For more information or to purchase any of these pictures please contact Island Fine Arts, tel: 01983 875133.
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