I found this subject on the web. I really wanted to paint it because of the drawing practice. I`m not too happy with the drawing but reasonably happy with the colours. HARVESTING. My own title for the want of a better one.
Cherry Tree farm. I went to this farm several times a few years ago with a friend of mine who worked for Fords as a commercial artist. What a brilliant painter he was, I say was, because he isn`t with us any more.He was a lovely friend.
Another Scene at Yalding. As i said in my last post, after we completed our paintings, We had a walk around the area to see if there were any other subjects that would make a decent painting, this is the second one that was of interest.
Cowl`s at yalding are at the top of this building. They let the heat from the drying of Hops out through them. We went over to a place called Yalding some weeks ago to do some plein air painting. After doing our paintings we had a walk round to see if their were any other subjects of interest. We saw this House which at one time was a Kiln. It dryed hops, and the heat of the drying escaped through the Cowl`s at the top of the building.
This is another scene looking the other way to the last Shoreham painting. I went there with our club a couple of weeks ago. It is great to see at least eight of our members spread out all over the place painting or sketching.
I see no ships. This painting is largely made up. The title is an old saying, It`s to do with some one looking for something, usually using their hand just above their eye`s, looking out to sea may be?
>br< This painting is a second go of the one that I painted Plein air at Eynsford. I must admit that when I saw my friends painting, not so much the painting but his composition, That made me want to paint it again roughly in his composition. I`m glad that I did because it has taught me that you don`t have`to copy the subject the way you see it. you can move that tree to there, and that shed to there, and so on. Although I have always known this, I still painted what and how I have seen the subject, but no more.
This is an Oast House that farmers dry their hops in. I, as a lad of 4, went every year with my parents to pick hops, then the farmers collected each individual`s baskets full of hops, and we got paid for it. Also we had a lovely holiday into the bargain.
I painted this subject this afternoon with the three primaries + White, and a touch of Sap green. I decided to experiment with these colours. I didn`t know what i was going to paint but started off with the suggestion of a tree and this is how it ended up. Half of it was done with a palette knife. I am going to use the three primaries again to produce some lovely greys.
I haven`t got any paintings to post at the moment, so i thought I would post these sketches that i did at our club Monday afternoon from photographs that i take of people when i`m out sketching. these sketches I use for any paintings that I do. I time myself to take no more that five minutes to do these sketches ( Pen and Ink ).
I find it is very good exercise. I have just bought myself a couple of Moleskin Sketch pads, I`m dying to try them out on Thursday and Sunday, yippee!.
Harry and I went over to Kelsey Park again on Monday. We both did the same subject, Harry in Acrylic, and me in oils. Iv`e shown my plein air sketch, also in my Pochade. Normaly I don`t show my sketches, but this time I think it is better to show both the sketch and the painting from the sketch for which I haven`t done yet. Also i have shown the cafe that is in the park. You can get a decent meal in there. Although the Park is a fantastic well looked after park, the Toilets are not.
Harry and I at Kelsey Park. At last a lovely day. We spent a couple of hours in this park and it was a fantastic.
couple of hours. Ducks, Swans and Canada Geese. and people coming up to us asking this and that. One lady with a little girl asked me if she could show the little girl the painting. I said sure but it isn`t completed yet, but she was pointing out things on the painting and explaining what it was. I said she`s probably not interested in the painting, but the lady said she is, and she will explain everything to her mum when she gets home.
Cottages at Otford. The club and I went over to a Village called Otford. A Beautiful place. We all started to paint almost the same subject, these Cottages. After about an hour it was getting a bit cold so we all went to have a nice cup of tea or coffee. After that we all went to different subjects. I did a bit of sketching, others did some more painting. After Lunch in the same place, we all parted company. When I say our club, I mean six of us.
After about three Hours and some great discussion in the coffee shop, we all parted company. I as usual completed this subject at Home.
Harry and I braved the Cold and the wind and went plein air Thursday morning. I did an Oil sketch and Harry did a Pencil sketch. Isn`t that a lovely pencil Sketch of Harry`s? I do love the way he sketches. Mind you, he was a bit more sensible than me, he virtually had a tree shielding him from the wind, I didn`t.
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.