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 […]
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.
Both are studies of the sunset but radically different ones. The phrase “no two are ever alike” could have been made for skies and when you paint the sky as a subject you really don’t have any idea what you’re going to see when you go […]
Sky painting of a red sunset from Broughty Ferry
In the final stages now.
A major operation and the last 4 weeks in hospital have given me a real appreciation of our National Health Service.
I’m back out now and I hope to be drawing and painting again very soon.
Actually, the sun is shining right now and there are at least a few clouds around…..?
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.
Life Drawing from ATYN Dundee last night.
A new mobile phone. An artist in the 21st century…
More drawings from All The Young Nudes life drawing club in Dundee on Tuesday
So your phone has a camera? Well, my palette has an eye.
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.
With some of the strange weather we’ve had lately, I keep expecting to see a tornado over Fife (not the RAF kind) …but I suppose I’d better not tempt fate.
Sunrise on a Calm Morning – just finished.
Life Drawing from ATYN (All the Young Nudes life drawing club) on the 20th May 2014
A red moon rising across the water in Fife.
A painting of clouds angled in to the horizon at sunrise overlooking the North Sea
…..a great swathe of cloud in front of the hill reached down to touch the earth behind the trees. By the time I got organised – this was all that remained of it.
Life Drawing – Dundee Art Society, The Roseangle, Dundee, 5th May 2014
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
All the Young Nudes…..Life Drawing Club-in-a-Pub, Dundee, 29th April
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.
Life drawing tonight. Life Drawing at the ATYN Club-in-a-Pub
Life drawing class 21st April 2014 – Dundee Art Society, Roseangle.
Ok. Knitted clouds isn’t exactly the technical term…
The age of the dry stone walls which run alongside the burn and down to it can only be imagined.
I got a good run at this cloud painting over the past few days and finished it.
There’s still more to do on the foreground highlights but it’s coming on ok, I think…..
….Och I could go on
At last! …an alibi…..”It wasn’t me – it was my grey matter…!”
Good drawing spot!
This oil rig has almost been photographed as many times as my rabbit…
Just completed – North Sea from the Earth House 24x30ins.
Life Drawing at Dundee Art Society 14th April
Just before the rain came.
All The Young Nudes life-drawing-club-in-a-pub. Week 4
A cloud painting in progress which uses this earlier small outdoor oil sketch as source material.
2 life drawings from Dundee Art Society’s Monday meeting.
I always try to turn off and stop for a while here to sketch and photograph the view. It’s one of those rare places where the sky always seems to be doing something.
There’s still a fair bit to do to this.
Good luck folks and all the best for the opening!
The 3rd Week of All the Young Nudes life drawing classes in Dundee
The second week of All the Young Nudes life drawing in Dundee A couple of the 2 minute warm up sketches done at the start of the session. 10-15 minutes of doing this and then the poses become progressively longer.
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.
Great music, a bar and intensive life drawing sounds like an artist’s dream. Well…. this artist anyway!
Blue Sky and Cloud Study 2
Sunset over Dundee from Broughty Ferry on the 12th March
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
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.
The sky as it evolved tonight, in photos and a pencil sketch.
Blue Sky and Cloud Study 2. The second in a series of similarly themed small paintings.
Life drawing 3rd March 2014. Dundee Art Society Life Class
Clouds over the Tay on the 2nd of March
A back lit cloud with reflected light from the river bouncing back up and illuminating its lower surfaces.
One cloud moving towards the viewer over the space of a few minutes
Studio painting today based on work done in Corbie Den on Sunday.
Broughty Ferry lifeboat and the inshore rib tonight.
River Tay. Minimalist mist
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.
All the bad weather lately means I’ve got the chance to work on a multitude of unfinished canvases and get at least some of them finished.This one is almost there (but not quite..)
Rabbit was fascinated by this woolly ring as soon as he saw it a few years ago and it became part of his life.
One storm system after another since Christmas with only and occasional calm clear day in between.
That’s 6 continuous weeks of it now.
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…
A windless morning as the mist seemed first to clear, then return. It ebbed and flowed around the river for a few hours. Now it’s noon and it’s just beginning to clear with the sun shining through a pure white fogbank over the water.
An unusual sunrise, even for the River Tay. It extended across the whole sky and a band of low mist floated just above the water over Fife.
My table pallete and a hand-held kidney shaped palette that I use.
From the landscape just north of Dundee
Burnside of Duntrune…I’d no idea this pond and weir existed, looking more like a scene from the south of England than its actual location just a few miles north 0f Dundee.
The bull said absolutely nothing, and just made the slightest movement of his head to track all my nonsense with a camera. Everything here is saturated with water and the road is flooded further on.
Contrails over Tayport today.
Here we go again.
Rabbit dancing for Kale.
A fine minimalist artwork floating in the sky over Tayport today
“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in. ” — Desmond Tutu
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 […]
Never underestimate the power of a rabbit
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.
Music and the Rabbit – Science