The recent hot weather has actually made it harder to paint outside in the last few weeks but as the blue skies seem to have been been missing for so long it’s been great to get out and paint them.
The painting above is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below. The lush greens of early summer have now given way to rich golden shades of harvest time.
The middle painting above is on a French 6F size linen canvas. French canvas sizes are set of standard sizes for Figure (F), landscape – Paysage (P) and Marine (M). This picture is on a canvas intended to be used in portait format but I have used on its side.
I’m very proud to feature in the summer edition of Artists and Illustrators magazine. For the summer they have a 10 page special on painting outside, following four plein air painters painting in Bath and Pin Mill.
On the cover (clockwise from top left): Antony Bridge, Valérie Pirlot, Paul Banning, Roy Connelly.
The last day of June was a stunner. If only the other 29 days had been as good. I went to Chelsworth in Suffolk for the wonderful Open Gardens day. This was painted on a little island in the River Brett while I listen to a band playing in the grounds of the nearby pub, The Peacock Inn. There is a short video clip below where you can hear the band and listen to water.
Working in the grounds of the mill and the surrounding private nature reserve we will focus on producing a series of completed landscapes by direct observation. For those nervous of working out in the open the secluded location is ideal, at the end of a long track down into one of Suffolk’s beautiful ‘hidden valleys’ between Constable’s Stour Valley and Gainsborough’s home town.
September 2013, 10am – 5pm with the option of staying on in the evening
Where: Assington Mill, Assington, Suffolk, CO10 5LZ
What: Take a look at the pdf brochure
Last November on my annual trip to paint in Venice I was joined by quite a few friends from the UK, Spain and even the US.
There were 13 of us in all and this is a short film I made between paintings. We are all in it somewhere although I didn’t catch everyone painting.
It is intended to be a reminder of the trip for those that were there but I though I would also share it with everyone else.
It’s in 720HD so watch it full screen and turn up the sound. I hope you enjoy it.
Paintings by myself and several others on the trip are on show at the Mine Gallery in Carshalton. Impressions of Venice runs until 30 March 2013.
Artists on the film that are in the show are:
Who could resist a sign like that? Earlier this year I spent some time in Cornwall painting from the cliff tops. Although the days were sunny there was often a strong wind blowing across the cliffs from the Atlantic Ocean. I was using my Open Box M palette/panel holder on a Velbon tripod to keep my boards steady. Here are some photos from the trip.
Below: Painting the view along the coast to Pendeen Watch lighthouse from Levant Mine.
Saturday Morning in Hammersmith.
8×10 inches, oil on board.
The warm summer mornings seem to draw everyone down to the river. This view towards Hammersmith Bridge and The Rutland Arms was painted from Furnival Gardens. One of the challenges of painting on location is capturing moving figures. Fortunately, fine days on the embankments of the River Thames provide the artist with a countless stream of figures to paint.
Royal Society of Marine Artists
11th – 20th October 2018
Capturing The Moment
16th – 20th October 2018
51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU
Affordable Art Fair
17th - 21st October
London SW11 4NJ
Denton Fine Art
I'm pleased to now be showing with this prestigious new gallery in Lavenham, Suffolk.
Paintings are available directly from me in Suffolk or from a small number of Fine Art Galleries in London, Cornwall, the South of France and the Isle of Wight.
Prices range from £350 - £3,000.
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