I`ve been painting this subject on and off for a week. I`ve had an Electrician doing some work in my studio for that period. I managed to do about 15min` each evening, and it wasn`t comfortable at all. Plus I had`to keep blowing the dust off of it as well. I`m not complaining, just moaning.
Another one from Heybridge basin. Painted last year. This is another brilliant venue to paint at. Mind you there usually are a lot of people about so you will get disturbed. I have noticed that the public that are interested in looking to see what you are painting, don`t normally stay too long.
I painted this one at Heybridge Basin last year. It`s a great venue with lots of subjects to choose from. I went there with our club members on a lovely Summers day. my friend and I had cream teas. I didn`t mention it to my Wife.
St Johns refers to a lovely Church just along the Road to us. I have sketched a lot in that area, and this was from a photo that I took last January when we had a lot of snow. I painted this yesterday.
This scene is from a place called Chevening. I went there last Friday with my usual painting gear, my rucksack and pochade. I intended to paint the local Church, but disaster - when I opened my pochade to start painting, there wasn`t a board to paint on. So instead of a painting I did a sketch and took my usual Photo. This is the result. It was a rather dull and coldish day, so I depicted it as "just stopped raining."
This is one of my older paintings. I haven`t had the chance to complete one for the last week. It is from a photo that I took when in Devon on holiday. These chaps were tying the boat up for the night.
This painting was done entirely with a palette knife. It is my first attempt at this type of painting and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I liked the outcome butam a little concerned what other Artist`s will make of it. My wife Rosemary said she thinks it is a decent painting but didn`t like it. Oh! well, you can`t win them all can you?
This painting is from a photo that my friend Mariano sent me, and gave me permission to use it. He did his version of it, and if you look at his version ( you can click on his blog from my Blog ), it will prove without any doubt that no two Artist`s will paint the same subject anywhere near like one another.
I have been off the air for a whole week because I had lost my broadband connection. It was fixed this afternoon.
This portrait is of an Artist friend of mine. He is a realist painter, and a brilliant one. Years ago I had a few lessons from him but, although he taught me how to lay a wash and that sort of thing, none of his style rubbed off on to me I`m afraid.
Oasts at Chiddingstone was painted some time ago. It is a lovely oldie England area that I have been to several times. Oasts, in case some of you don`t know, are for drying hops before making the beer from them. I don`t know the technicalities - only that they dry the hops,sorry.
I went out and did this painting yesterday morning. It was a fantastic day for painting plein air. I only had an hour or so to do this, but I managed it in that time.
Where I was sitting with my little 6x8 Pochade, there is a pond, one of three in that area, and there were a lot of chaps fishing. I took some photos of some of them and will probably do some paintings of them, after cropping and the rest as one does.
Summer Tanager is from the South East of the United States and other parts. I would like to say that I went out there yesterday, spotted this chap, did a quick painting of him, and arrived back Home ( Kent England ) within 30 mins`.
This is a portrait of my painting mate and fellow club member. I did it from a couple of sketches and a photograph. I did all the basics from the sketches, then completed it from the photograph. His Eyebrows are really like that - possibly a bit wilder.
I started painting around 1990 and loved it straight away.
I started with watercolour,and then after about 15 years I moved to Oils and acrylics. I still paint the odd watercolour to keep my hand in so to speak. I love impressionism. The only time I use detail is when I paint portraits. Otherwise it is my interpretation of the subject.
I am retired but still find it hard to find time to paint. I reckon I can manage to do a painting about three times a week.
Originally I was a Motor Mechanic. Then, for the eighteen years leading up to my retirement, I worked
for Barclays bank.