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Monday, 18 June 2018

Crook Hall painting in the gardens with Deerness Art Group

Walked into Durham and started at 10 am with Paoi, Margaret and Deryck in the Georgian walled garden. First an outline sketch in biro in my new notebook. Weather overcast with just a few spots of rain.

Then rough outline on 1/4 imperial Bockingford not paper then pen work on the building.
Watercolour washes to complete the mornings work. Finished at 12.20.

 Deryck using acrylics on canvas.

Paoi working on an interesting collage using a Smyths catalogue from the toy shop.

Margaret doing her usual work with foliage using masking fluid - Gone for lunch.

Left the others to finish their work and walked home after an abortive attempt to catch the bus. The 64 service in Durham just gets worse and worse.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Staithes Collage

Canvas covered with collage using dressing making patterns, tissue pattern paper and newsprint from an artist magazine.
-sketch added with black pen and sharpie
-painted sky and white buildings

Finished painting

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Society of All Artist (SAA) Artist of the Year 2018

My painting of Blyth Harbour in Northumberland at the mouth of the River Coquet has been selected for the final 37 in this year competition.

This is the link for voting:-

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Townhead Troutbeck

Two paintings of Thornthwaite Farm Townhead Troutbeck

Finished paintings

Reference material. 


Listed Grade 2 Building description

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Holiday in Cumbria between Ambleside and Troutbeck at Gerand Cottage.

Friday 25/03/2018.
Drove to Cumbria via Ullswater with fish and chips at Barnard Castle overlooking the River Tees.

Saturday 24/03/218.
New boots eyelets pulled out of boots while lacing!
Walk from cottage to Troutbeck Nanny Lane via Wood Farm and Mirk Lane- returned up Robin Lane then down the road.

Lunch opposite the café in Troutbeck - sketched up the road. Seat on Robin Lane sketched towards Windermere and towards Coniston.

Sunday 25/3/2018.
Drove to Scot Brow and walked around Townhead. I have been given a commission of painting Thornthwaite Cottage in Townhead.

Monday 27/02/218.
Walked into Ambleside to buy new boots (opted for walking shoes) and lunch at Wateredge Inn at Waterhead Ambleside and returned the same way.

Tuesday 27/3/2018.
Hayes Garden Centre visit in Ambleside. Walked to Low Wood Hotel on Windermere over the fields and back up the road. The Hotel is going through extensive renovations and extension.

Wednesday 28/03/2018.
Parked near Troutbeck and walked up the east side of the valley to Long Green Head Farm and back to Longmere Yeat to Townend.

Thursday 29/03/218.
Planned drive to Langdale aborted because because of standing traffic on the Ambleside road. Drove to Hartsop instead.

Friday 30/03/2018.
Good Friday. Drove home via Kirby Stephen.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Painting with Annette at Lanchester Thursday group.

Although I have given up group demonstrations and workshops, I don't mind doing painting examples on a one to one basis with people who ask for assistance.

Today's subject was Raw Head Cottage in Great Langdale. After drawing the house we started on a overall wash from the sky to the foreground painting around the building. Cobalt blue greyed with a little light red was painted into the top of the sky then changing to naples yellow to the cottage then a thicker mixture of raw sienna to the base. Into this bottom wet wash some streaks of brown madder and ultramarine blue were added. Cling film was then stretched to the wet wash on the foreground with the top being pulled horizontal and more random marks at the bottom.

The lower slopes of  Langdale Pikes were painted free hand with no drawing using cobalt blue changing to raw sienna and finally light red up to the house. A mixture of ultra and burnt sienna added wet into wet above the roof line to indicate some bushes. The paintings were left to dry.

Annette's painting at the drying time

My painting.

I find that washes on bockingford tend to creep while drying so this is an ideal time to reinstate the lines of the cottage with damp 1/2 inch synthetic brush and the colour will easily lift back. 

The white shallow under the eaves, windows and shadow side of the building were cobalt blue and a touch of permanent magenta- stronger against the white and weaker towards the right.
The roofs were winsor blue and raw sienna to give a slate colour and the one darker on the left.
The dark windows were burnt sienna and ultramarine blotted with a tissue on the lower panes.
The trees were UMB and BS indicating the canopy with a flattened rigger dragged towards the centre and the main branches were painted in leaving the bottom a negative shape with the same wash creating a solid line at the tree then weakening the sides loosing the wash into the previous one. I find it easier to then turn the painting upside down and work the smaller branches to the canopy blotting the end with my finger if the line is too prominent at the end.

The bushes above the stone wall were painted with  mis-shaped child's brush which I used to give a random mark and some stones were indicated with a rigger.

Roughly a hour and half painting and Annette was very pleased with her result and she said she had learnt a lot. 

Annette's and my painting after the session.

 My painting taken with my Lumix camera

1 - All my colours in landscape painting are Winsor and Newton except naples yellow which is Daler Rowney- this gives a less intense yellow will be less greener than other brands when mixed with blue.

2 - Paper is 200 lb Bockingford not surface - quarter imperial 15x11 inches. This will go into a 20x16 inch frame with a 70 mm border on the mount and 80 mm at the base. The paper is held by framer tape on a piece of strong card at the top and bottom for stability while painting usually for just the main washes. 
I do not like Saunders or Arches paper as I find they dull the colour and are difficult to lift- the colours on Bockingford  seem to shine. The only problem I find is the colours tend to creep and flatten the tone- but I can live with this in favour of the luminosity.

3- Bushes No. 12 round for overall washes
                 No. 6 for hills
                 Rigger for everything else
                Mis-shaped child's brush for random marks
                No. 1 finger for blotting.
                1/2 inch synthetic brush for lifting out.

4- I paint on a towel to control the dampness of the brush.

5- I draw in my sketch book and enlarge a print a transfer to watercolour paper using graphite paper and crisp up the drawing up with 0.5mm clutch pencil. This eliminates the used of a rubber which can weaken the paper surface.

6- Two things I look for negative shapes and lose and found edges. As the lady from Tynemouth says- Cummin and gannin ( coming and going )

Sketch and reference photo-

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Pen and ink workshop with SAA tutor Peter Robbins- Lindisfarne Castle

Picture supplied by Peter

Peter working on watercolour paper with a black pen.

 Peter's finished painting with simple watercolour washes.

I used my own photo which was taken in a similar position but giving more height to the Castle. I used a graphite ink pen for the castle and a quink fountain pen for the middle distance and the foreground. I should have drawn the closer posts after the washes were applied as the water caused the ink to run into the sky. But you learn from your mistakes.

Finished painting 200 lb Bockingford 15x11 inches.