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!.
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.