I haven`t managed to complete a painting yet, but I started one yesterday, but can`t complete it now untill after Christmas, so I have posted one I did sometime ago. Bluebells. Happy Christmas everyone.
This is the second time I have painted this subject. I love it so much. The first time I painted it, I did post it, and told the story behind it, But I will briefly tell again. As Constable Fans know only too well that Willy Lott was a close friend of Constable, and he was an Artist as well. he gave Constable lessons in his early days as an Artist. This cottage was Willy Lotts Home, which was in the grounds of Golding Constable`s Mill. Golding was Constables Father. That little window facing the water is where I stayed for a week on a painting course. It was a brilliant tme for me, and holds good memories. They still hold courses there, and I would recommend a week there to anybody.
We have had a fresh fall of Snow. Apart from another five photos after this lot, that will be the end of Snow. Those who are interested in these Snow photos, must be feeling not only fed up but very cold looking at them. I haven` been able to paint due to the fact that my studio is too cold to be in there at the moment. It is too costly to have the heater on for too long.
This is another scene at farnborough. I`s on the path to the church. You can see a bit of the church in the background. The actual scene is more tempting than the painting seems. I think no Artist could resist painting it.
A friend of mine sent me a photo of this subject and asked if I would like to paint it. he wanted to see my interpritation of it. He hasn`t completed his yet, so when he does, I`m sure it will show mine up. By the way this scene is in the Cotswolds.
I did this painting plein air yesterday. It was a terrific experience, not only doing the painting but because tons of people kept coming up to us and asking all sorts of questions, you know, the usual ones such as, How long have you been painting? I wish I could paint. Do you belong to a club, and the best one was, isn`t it lovely. We all want those remarks don`t we? I will try to post some photos of some of the people. They were mostly Ramblers.
I found an old black and white photograph of this subject, and decided to throw caution to the wind and go mad with colour. This is the result. I titled it "Light against Dark" because that is the basics of a painting. If nothing else, this is what I aim for in a painting.
I went to an exhibition at the Mall Galleries the other day. And As I was coming onto the platform at charing cross Station, The train was just about to come in, and I couldn`t resist taking a Photo of this person just starting to move towards the train.
I had painted this subject a little while ago, but I wasn`t too happy with it, so I painted it again in the last couple of days. I`m more happy with this one. Kew Bridge is situated in the area of Strand on the Green.
A friend and I went over to a place called Shoreham in Kent. I have been there several times, and it is where as a child from the age of 4yrs went to pick Hops. They were brilliant times. Now as I have said I go there to paint Plein Air, and it is a fantastic place to go not only to paint but for a lovely meal in the local pubs. Our favourite is the Crown public House. My Wife Rosemary and I went there when we were courting. We seemed to prefer Sausages and chips in a basket. We sat by a roaring fire in the Winter Months.
Our Weathervane is fixed to the side of our garage, I`ve been wanting to paint it for some time now, and finally managed it on Wednesday of this week. I sat in the garden and did the start of it but completed it in the studio.
The second painting was done completely plein air. The first one was started plein air but mainly completed at Home. As I was doing the second painting a load of children came by with their Teachers. Then the conversations went on and on for ages. The teachers were asking me technical questions, and the children, well I don`t know what they were asking except that they liked the painting. As they left, they all clapped me. It really gave me a big lift. I am not happy with this one but left it as it was. The first one was started plein air but mainly completed at Home. The sky was completely flat and gey as the painting depicts.
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.