Spring is on its way

Painting in the Chess Valley near Sarrat

small bee on paint brush

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.

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London’s Salon Des Refusés


The summer show at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings opens on Monday 8th June. Titled Not the Royal Academy 2009, this fine exhibition is London’s answer to the Salon des Refusés.

Every painting is for sale and may be taken by the buyer straight away, creating space for another to be displayed. Paintings will be on show for three weeks, after which new work will be hung.

Last year I was very pleased to hear that my painting of Kensington Gardens was the first to sell when the exhibition opened.

124-126 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE 1 8LN UK
(Opposite the Old Vic Theatre)
Tel: 020 7620 1322/1324 Fax: 020 7928 9469

The Gallery is open from 10am until 7.30pm. Monday to Saturday.

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By The Thames in Richmond

Richmond Upon Thames
Richmond Upon Thames

Here is one of my recently completed paintings.  It was painted over three days in March 2009 on the river front at Richmond in Surrey.  Most of the work was done on the first two days and on the third day I was just making a few corrections.   The picture was allowed to dry between painting sessions.

As most of my pictures are painted in ‘one wet’, it was quite a luxury this time to be able to work over dry paint.   One of the things I enoy about painting a picture like this one is the challenge of painting the people (staffage).  They are all painted from life and, obviously, it is easier when they come and sit by the river than when they just walk by.  In which case I will often mark the position of their head and feet to fix their size on the canvas and adjust the scale as they walk away – diminishing in size.  And as for those who cycled past – well – I’ll just pretend I didn’t see them.

It is oil on board and measures 10 x 20 inches (25.5 x 51cm).

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