Sunday, November 22, 2009

Latest image

This Pheasant is my latest small painting measuring just 9" x 12" oil on canvas. As you can see it is a winter scene, simple and I hope effective in design. I have warmed the colours in the snow so that you should not shiver when you look upon it.
I hope you like this latest offering
best wishes as always ..Paul

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Plein air with Karl and Chris

Well finally the paint is dry enough to photograph so I have put two of the five images from the days session  for you to see.
This was the first one of the day, standing near to the mouth of Rye Harbour looking back at Rye itself. The sun was out, but that soon changed. 7.30 am for about an hour or so.

This was the second of the five for that day, We did not move from location, instead I just swivelled around and looked at Camber sands across the mouth of the harbour entrance as the clouds gathered. Again about an hours work to nail the image.

I will post the others soon.
Best wishes Paul

Latest Images that I have done.

This is a little 9" x 12" study of a Barn Owl hunting at twilight along the reed beds at Oare Marshes in Kent. I really enjoyed the freshness of this little painting, it was uncomplicated in its design and a pleasure to create.
I hope that you like it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Visit to Oare

My son Barnaby and I took the opportunity to visit Oare Marshes on the 6th and 7th of November.As we arrived I was able to film the masses of starlings as they flocked for roosting, it was fantastic to see them. We camped in the van overnight on the 6th ready for first light in the morning.

We settled down for a cold night, and it turned out that we had chosen the first night to have frost upon the ground in the morning.

 After surviving the night Barnaby was less than happy to get up at 5am, though his choices were extremely limited on this occassion.

The morning was more than I had hoped for. Many Golden and Green Plovers were over the East Flood as we watched the sunrise. We enjoyed a coffee and later breakfast as the red sky turned to orange, then yellow to pale blue. Teal, Shoveler, Mallard, Egret, Snipe were just a few of the many species that could be seen.

We had a great day and took many reference photos, which I am still sorting through!

Golden Plovers on the East Flood.

Lapwing coming into land, on the East Floo

It has been a while

Caught in the act as it were,  local photographer  Jon Lydon snapped myself, Karl Terry and Chris Daynes as we painted our way through the day at Rye Harbour in East Sussex on Wednesday 11th November. The photos do not show the wind we had to contend with as we captured various aspects of the harbour over the days work.

We started at 7.00am and finished, 5 paintings later around 4.30pm, ok we had a healthy, well not so healthy fried full English breakfast to seal out the cold weather. All in all the day was fun and productive and I will post the images up later on as they are drying at the moment and I do not wish to disturb them for photos just yet.

I hope to get out again next week and have another go.

 Myself with Karl in the background

Myself with Karl and Chris

All photos by Jon Lydon with thanks...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Third Stage

Now then, as promised the next days painting on this panel. More detail has been added, especially to the barges, the foreground mud has been developed to show water from the previous tide still draining as the new flow reaches it. I have warmed the river water as well. Not too much more to do now and I feel that I am on the home straight with this painting.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Next stage

Okay, not too much has happened except a lot of corrections in the drawing of the barges. More blocking in of areas especially in the foreground along with more detail in the far bank of the Orwell river. I have started to suggest the masts, some weed in the area in the wet mud and more information in the reflections as well. Still a long way to go.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New painting underway

This is the end of the second stage of the painting I am currently working on. I have used the brush to roughly draw in and place the barges where I needed them. I have continued to paint the sky elements and far shore of the River Orwell. Lots to do, I will post more soon.

The painting is 12" x 16" oil on gesso panel.