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Painting Dawn from Tayport


Oil painting Dawn from Tayport, outdoor painting

Dawn From Tayport     8x10ins.      Oil on Canvas         £250


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. Broughty Ferry Castle (where I usually  paint the sunrise from) protrudes into the horizon from this viewpoint.

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 large board cut to fit the inner contours of the car forms a working surface. This is padded on the edges to avoid damage to the car interior. The palette sits on the driver’s seat within a strong cardboard box, designed for sending laptops through the post.
When finished, the lid is shut and the palette can be taken home “as is” with no waste or mess to continue the painting in the studio if necessary.
On this first test the whole system worked very well and while, thankfully, I don’t have to use this to paint outdoors it’s always there in reserve if needed or if it’s raining.

I’ll feature this set up in more detail another post if anyone is interested.
View the painting’s own page – Dawn from Tayport



Oil painting outdoors inside a car

Painting board/support on the left, palette on the right.




First brushwork on the canvas. Plenty of space on the board for modifications

First brushwork on the canvas. Plenty of space on the board for future modifications



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6 Responses to Painting Dawn from Tayport

  1. Janina August 23, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with illness! I found your website again after I had lost the bookmark a couple years ago. Glad you’re keeping up with painting, as a fellow artist who has had to take a few breaks myself I know it can be so theraputic. I really admire your work, I think it’s brilliant! I wish I could go to the UK and learn from you! I’m more of a portrait artist myself and am completely lost when it comes to landscapes. I’m learning what I can from what you have posted here :)

    • KenB August 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Many thanks Janina. I hope you persevere with landscape painting if that’s what you’d like to do. I never paint portraits myself so I can’t even suggest common ground between the two!

  2. Lillian KOponen May 11, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Very beautiful painting! & an ingenious set-up!

    • KenB May 11, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Hello Lillian! Many thanks

  3. Jennifer Hochschild May 11, 2015 at 11:13 am #


    • KenB May 11, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks Jennifer!