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Stour Valley paintings

Stour Valley painting WP_001249
Stour Valley. Oil on canvas, 15 x 28 inches, 38 x 71 cm.

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.

down in the stour valley P1080097
Early summer in the Stour Valley
Suffolk. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches, 33 x 41 cm.
This is on a French 6F size canvas – see note below.

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.

Stour Valley P1080504
A 20 x 30 inch canvas on the easel in 30C/86F heat with no shade.

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.

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Chelsworth Open Gardens

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.

Chelsworth Open Gardens P1070850Oil on board. 12 x 10 inches.


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Plein Air Course 2013

I’m very pleased to say I’ll be teaching my Craft of the Landscape Painter course at Assington Mill in Suffolk again this September.

Suffolk Painting course

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

Below: Click to read the brochure (pdf)

craft of the landscape painter brochure

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Venice on film

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:
David Bachmann
Roy Connelly
Tony Dakin
Tim King
Valérie Perlot
Michael Richardson
Haidee-Jo Summers
Karl Terry

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Cliff top paintings in Cornwall

danger old mine workingsWho 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.

Landscape painter Roy Connelly painting at Levant mine in Cornwall

Work in Progress Pendeenby Roy Connelly

Pendeen Watch oil painting by Roy ConnellyAbove: Pendeen Watch Lighthouse from Levant Mine.
Oil on board, 8 x 10 inches.
Sold by The Little Picture Gallery in Mousehole.

Roy Connelly painting Lands End Cornwall

Lands End oil painting by Roy ConnellyAbove: Painting Land’s End from the cliff top near Sennen.
Below: Sunset on the last evening.Roy Connelly painting at sunset near Lands End.

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Spring in Suffolk

Top: Painting blackthorn.  Working on a 36×36 inch canvas on a windy spring morning.  The guy rope is to stop the canvas from blowing over. The next stage was to paint the white blossom.

Middle: Towards the end of the first stage of this scene near Stoke by Nayland. It’s the hottest day of the year so far and the light has an Italian feel to light.

Bottom: Apple blossom in the orchard behind our cottage.

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Oil painting of Hammersmith by Roy ConnellySaturday 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.

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