A small oil study of the life within a moving cloud Working on this for days in the studio after an initial outdoor beginning I realised just how tiny the canvas was considering the amount of sky I was trying to fit inside it! …but if it takes a bit longer to paint then so […]
Oil Sketches, Oil studies, Outdoor Oil Painting, Plein Air, Colour Studies.
Observation, sketching and painting directly from nature is the basis of my work.
Two small sunrise studies recently finished. This is the latest in a series of outdoor paintings of the sunrise viewed from Tayport as the sun’s position during sunrise still keeps moving northwards. As I write this in early June, though – it should stop its northern movement soon and start drifting southwards again. Then I […]
Painting the sunrise currently means getting up at around 3.15am to let me stagger around getting ready and drinking coffee until about 4.30
This painting is the first outdoor work I’ve done since being being fairly ill with cancer and immobile for a while. I must admit painting outside again felt great. Painting Dawn from Tayport was done as an experiment from the passenger seat of my own car. I’d long thought this might be possible and it is.
A small outdoor oil painting from Broughty Beach – Dawn Study 8
The landscape of the Earn Valley is impressive. The clouds living above it are often even more so.
Before we got here I’d reckoned that we might see rabbits, deer or maybe even elves – and as it happened we did.
No rabbits or deer, unfortunately… only elves.
Painted fairly directly in quite thick paint. I come here when it’s good to be amongst trees. No-one ever bothers you here and you’re far more likely to meet deer than people. View this painting’s own page – Trees at the Roman Road
I painted this work outdoors last summer, brought it back to finish it – then left it sitting in the studio for almost a year.
I thought it was a bit like the way summers long ago were always hot and sunny, sweets always tasted better, dogs were always friendlier ……and…..pencil sharpeners actually worked.
Painting the sunrise without the sun
Another unfinished canvas from last year….finished eventually! The second of two canvases blocked out and very quickly painted during a beautiful sunrise in October seen from Broughty Ferry Castle.
A small outdoor oil painting of the time just before the sun rises over the North Sea …as seen from Broughty Castle.
Painted outdoors overlooking Broughty Ferry beach. Low cloud far away on the horizon and a clear sky above with just a few long strips of high altitude clouds catching ……
I started straight away on this canvas with thick paint and a palette knife mixing small batches of the colour progressions and applying it directly with no preliminary drawing or…
I’d been painting in these woods for an hour or two when I turned round and saw two roe deer hinds about 30 feet away observing me gravely. They must have crept up behind because I never heard a thing. They looked at each other for a few seconds as though they were discussing […]
Outdoor painting of sunrise from Broughty Castle. The painting was started outdoors by Broughty Castle and then built up over several weeks in the studio