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.