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 […]
Paintings of the sky, outdoor studies, studio work
This is the thickest oil paint I’ve used in a painting for a long time. The main elements of the light were applied straight away with a palette knife and some of the mid-tones were too, and then after this I used some hogshair brushes to unify the whole image……and then more palette knife […]
A painting based on a smaller sunset study. As soon as the smaller sunset study was completed I wanted to take it further. It was right to stop the earlier one when I did as it felt “finished” but I still knew there was a lot more potential in the image – best realised by […]
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.
Sky painting of a red sunset from Broughty Ferry
In the final stages now.
I was asked to contribute a section to Peter Rush’s book on Painting Skies and Seascapes last year — It’s just been published by the Crowood Press
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.
Sunrise on a Calm Morning – just finished.
A painting of clouds angled in to the horizon at sunrise overlooking the North Sea
This rainbow hung around for far longer than most. Even so, it was still only in existance for 10 minutes or maybe a bit more
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 got a good run at this cloud painting over the past few days and finished it.
Just completed – North Sea from the Earth House 24x30ins.
A cloud painting in progress which uses this earlier small outdoor oil sketch as source material.
River Tay Cloud Study – cloud painting, 8x10ins. oil on canvas Based on an earlier painting in an attempt to take it a bit further while still staying with the theme. Anyone living on this shore of the Tay knows the wind and the clouds too.
A study of sunset evolving into a range of red and golden clouds as observed during autumn 2013.
Blue Sky and Cloud Study 2
Painting the sunrise without the sun
Shouldn’t be long now to finish this one. It’s progressing slowly (but at least steadily!) with a gradual working out of the shapes and shadows within the light.
Blue Sky and Cloud Study 2. The second in a series of similarly themed small paintings.
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.
Blue sky and cloud….the first of a series of similarly themed small oil paintings.
Drawn out in a light pencil sketch and then sculpted out with thin oil paint to accentuate the main shapes and movement within the composition.
This painting is used for the cover of “Songs for a Summons” – a new book of poetry written by David Guterson (author of “Snow Falling on Cedars”) and published by Lost Horse Press
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…
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
I’ve just finished this painting. Directly painted onto the canvas in one session which is quite unusual for me.