Monday, December 31, 2007

On The Road Again




I have a habit of painting on long car journeys, fortunately I am not the one who actually drives the car, I can drive but I think, given my habit of being "thrilled" by the light on some fields of "blown away" by some winter trees, HBB feels slightly safer when he is driving. So I get to paint...here are two that I did while driving through the landscape that is Oxfordshire. Click on the image to get a bigger view.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Clipped Hedges

My mothers garden is a very exuberant space of controlled abandon, rampant in the summer with flowers and scents and textural in the winter with frozen shapes. Next door is a contrast to that, clipped yew hedges make somber and solid shapes in the winter landscape. I prefer my Mums style of garden but I do like the strong shapes of the clipped hedges next door.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gloucestershire Dawn

The village church in Oakridge Lynch, dawn on a crisp December morning, the sun was just at the point of placing fire in any window that he could and pollarded trees stood like sentinals against the sky.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Mall and A Tree

More London sketches, beautiful plane trees break the sky with their winter bony fingers and the Mall stretches out a perfect display of perspective. Again, if you want to see these sketches in more detail please click on the image and it will get much bigger.

Early Morning Over the Thames

This was painted in the bighting cold of an early morning on the footbridge beside Hungerford Bridge. I wanted to see the sun rise over the River Thames hear Big Ben strike the hour and see how the London Eye has changed the skyline. I also wanted to play at being Monet or Turner, not exactly the same view but close enough and this will be worked up into a painting when I get home. Click on the image to see a much bigger version.

Monday, December 24, 2007

London Sketch Book


A few sketches from my trip to London. This one is very early in on a Sunday morning, the sun is just coming into the sky and beginning to touch the buildings. The streets are empty of cars and a solitary phone box is still illuminated. I love cities at unusual times, in the quiet you can imagine that you are the only one left, the buildings become cliffs making slices of sky appear in jagged shapes between them.




Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jars



Jars
Outside autumn reigns, wet and misty, the soft light exaggerated by the reflective lids of a collection of jam jars. Conversation and the kettle begin to mist up the windows making the kitchen into a little island of warmth on a cold grey day.

Another portfolio piece, these will be for sale at a later date.
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Watercolour.

I am off on Friday to hospital, for an operation, having been unwell for some time I shall be better and back to full turbo mode, (it’s not my hands so no worries!)
Then to Angleterre for a bit of a trip, I have meetings in London, the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Bristol, should any of you be in those areas and would like to meet up, let me know now and we could arrange something.
There will be an open house exhibition at a friends house in Tottanham London, if you are interested in coming (to buy some paintings!) email me for details.
It is a whirlwind tour during which I will endeavour to find time for some painting, if I do and I can find a friendly computer, I shall post up whatever it is that catches my paintbrush on the blog. I shall be back properly in January.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fruit Bowls


Fruit Bowls
Not for sale this one, I am doing a few paintings just for the sake of it. I also want to enter some for exhibition or competitions and I cant do that if they are all sold. So for a while you can just sit back and enjoy a free show!
These bowls are in my friend’s kitchen…did you guess! The weird purple shape is actually purple cauliflower, possibly a mistake to include it as it could masquerade as badly drawn grapes. I am pleased however with the ellipses of all the bowls. In this painting I used a lot of washing back in fact it almost felt like sculpture at one point, pushing paint and water around to uncover form. It is a technique that I really like, the paper becomes stained and shapes emerge rather than sit on top of the paper. Anyway, here it is, let me know what you think.


30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.Watercolour.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dusk.


Dusk. (landscapes 12)
Walking beside the river at dusk. Last rays of a November sun highlight the ripples as a fish jumps making a soft sound into the quiet approaching velvet of night. Still waters flow slower now, sluggish with the cold. It is at this time of day that the worlds of fairy and magic seem so real.



25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 039
This painting is for sale:85 pounds (UK) 176 dollars (USA) and 122 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

figure 2

figure

Trust.




Trust.

In many places,
Searching without his knowledge
All the seashores in this world,
The reward is enormous,
Better, happier.
There is so much we must take on trust.

And for this reason I did not despair.

This has just appeared, flowed out of my painting box.
It will be a gift for a friend.
21cm x 15cm. 8in x 6in.Watercolour, ink, gouache.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another World.

Another World. (seascapes 8)

I was sitting up on the cliffs on the Cote Sauvage watching these two little girls playing. They were running about in the wind then flinging themselves on the short sea cropped grass in fits of laughter. Childhood is another world, a place where the dancing in the wind can be the funniest thing. While I watched them I suddenly thought of the painting “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth, depicting another world altogether but I always find it interesting when paintings trigger responses and I often try to follow them.
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 038
This painting is for sale:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.


Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth (I LOVE his work)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rooks in a Field.

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Rooks in a Field. (Landscapes 11)

November now, the wind is starting to bite. Rooks gather in the branches of old oak trees like tiny motes of slight foreboding. I read too much Thomas Hardy as a child and my mind plays tricks on me, this field comes straight from the 19th century, Wessex Tales embodied.


25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour . Painting 037

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hedge, Late Afternoon.

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Hedge, Late Afternoon. (Landscapes 10)

Walking home in the low sunlight of a late autumn afternoon the hedgerows are, for a short while, made of bronze, gold and diamonds. Sculptures of light, filigree branches swoop and tangle together, points of pure gold push their way through like a fairytale princes sword.
I have tried to capture some of the mayhem of colour and light in this painting. If you are interested in the process of its making then today I have explained it as best I can, from start to finish on Muddy Red Shoes

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour . Painting 036

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bowl of Tomatoes

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Bowl of Tomatoes
Guess where I was for Sunday lunch…my friend’s place, the kitchen that I can’t seem to stop painting.
On the windowsill stood a bowl of tomatoes, every sort that you could image, rich purple, pale yellow, striped green and deep reds, orbs of glorious colours. Behind them was a dusty demi-john and a pot of bright red azaleas. She doesn’t realise it but the way she stacks up the bounty from the vegetable garden and then casually places the flowers is simply lovely. There is glory in the muddle and a relaxed warmth that warrants celebration. She will charge a commission soon if I carry on like this!

24cm x 19cm. 9.4in x 7.5in.
Watercolour.
This painting is for sale:

85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kitchen Window With Three Cups


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Kitchen Window With Three Cups


Light floods in through the kitchen window transforming last nights coffee cups into things of beauty, mysterious shapes against the backdrop of a Sunday morning. The alchemist is at work creating a small but breathtaking symphony of light and colour.
The cropped version of this tightens everything up a little but I quite like the paint meanders at the edges, it is like the picture finding itself!
If you have the time and inclination, click on the top image then you can see a much bigger picture and enjoy all the lovely colours hidden in the paint!




24cm x 32cm 10.2in x 8.3in
Watercolour.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Autumn Oak.

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Autumn Oak.
Someone once told me that he thought trees were like acupuncture points for the earth. I am not sure about that but I know that they are powerful and magnificent inhabitants of this planet. Little wonder then that they are so revered in many religions and hold such strong symbolism.
I draw this oak often during the year and throughout the seasons he wears many colours. I wanted to paint a kind of alter piece to celebrate this, like a triptych or, to be more accurate, a polyptych. A meditation on a tree.
The other thing that I wanted to do was to isolate the elements of painting, to concentrate on the dabs of colour and to surprise myself when they all move together to make the whole.
This is the result, which I finished today. It is made up of nine 8inch square, deep canvases and it is supposed to be displayed like this.

Total size
67 cm x 67 cm. 23.5 in x 23.5 in.
Oil on stretched deep canvas.
420 pounds (UK) 875 dollars (USA) and 604euros (Europe).
Not including postage.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Autumn Tree 3

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Autumn Tree 3

Third Autumn celebration.
My trees and their glorious colours, looking good as a group of three, I shall have to wait a bit to do some winter companions for these, for now here they are together.



30 cm x 30 cm. 12 in x 12 in.
Oil on deep stretched canvas.
This painting is for sale, postage included:150 euros, 105 pounds, 220 dollars

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Still Afternoon.


Still Afternoon. (landscapes 9)
An autumn afternoon, very still, not a murmur of wind, the sky is an impassive white. The river meanders imperceptibly past carrying leaves, like little boats caught between the two worlds. The one that I inhabit full of the rich autumn smells of earth, leaf and decay and the mysterious other world reflected almost perfectly in the slow silent water.



25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 035
This painting is for sale:
85 pounds (UK) 176 dollars (USA) and 122 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Contrary or What

Ah phew...feel much better now, having wasted hours of my life trying to fathom eBloomin bay I have decided that it is not for me. Cant do it, dont like it so its back to what I am used to...no more eBay. Honest, from now on its just here.
Pricing paintings is difficult, I try to be fair and honest with my time etc so that is it, they are the price I put on them and I prefer it that way, you buy them if you like them and we are all happy. If you just like to look, fine...enjoy.

Autumn Tree 2

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Autumn Tree 2
Tree number two, these are such a pleasure to paint.

30 cm x 30 cm. 12 in x 12 in.
Oil on deep stretched canvas.
This painting is for sale from me, postage included it costs:
150 euros, 105 pounds, 220 dollars
so if you like it...email me

Monday, October 29, 2007

Autumn Tree 1


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Autumn Tree 1
Today has been one of those autumn days when the colours are unbelievable. Like the world is lit from within, so many glorious colours that my head feels about to explode, I am wandering around grinning and gasping, like a spoilt child in a sweet shop and I am painting trees, here is the first one, there are more to come. I envision a collection of same size paintings going through the seasons, running round a room like a shout of joy.


30 cm x 30 cm. 12 in x 12 in.
Oil on deep stretched canvas.

This painting is for sale from me, postage included it costs:
150 euros, 105 pounds, 220 dollars
so if you like it...email me

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tunnel


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Tunnel (buildings 12)
Well, I don’t like this painting, I am posting it up to show that it doesn't always work. We went on a walk yesterday, along the river (see Muddy Red Sketch Book for sketches) and up to the old railway line. Railways are strange places; I love them for their promise of travel. A rail trip is my favourite way to voyage across the world, I would love one day to “do” every famous rail journey that there is. But the other thing that they hold for me is a sense of foreboding. Maybe that is my Englishness coming out, all those ghost stories woven around trains and tunnels and tracks. Anyway I don’t like this painting and perhaps that’s why.
Sunday trivia question, or alternative title…”Get off the line Bobby” Do you know where that comes from? All answers in a sealed envelope please!

(The Railway Children, film, mid 70,s)

21.5 cm x 21.5 cm. 8.5 in x 8.5 in.
Watercolour. Painting 034
This painting is for sale:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

River in Autumn

Shed

Sea

Wolf Mountain.


Wolf Mountain. (landscapes 8)

Up on Wolf Mountain, the sky goes on forever. The landscape unfolds, expansive, like an open palm. I feel as if I have been presented with a land that has changed only slightly over millennia. Ochre grass mixes with purple heathers and bright yellow specks of gorse flowers, the colours are bright and clean as if the wind has blown every speck of dust and pollution far away and here we are, on top of the world.


25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 033
This painting is for sale:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Grey with Red Beads



Grey with Red Beads
24cm x 19cm 9.5in x 7.5in
Watercolour.

My blogging friend Paris Breakfasts made me think about grey yesterday, so I tried a painting in greys, it is an interesting colour full of nuances and subtleness and with a tiny splash of red, lovely. I thought you might like to see the mess on the paper around the painting as well, so here it is uncropped, see the difference cropping makes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October Sea.

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October Sea. (seascapes 7)

The hotels and closed up holiday homes become silhouettes against the bright afternoon sun of autumn while a cold wind hurries past carrying the seaweed and iodine scent of the ocean.



25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 032

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Summers End


Summers End (buildings 11)
We went down to the Cote Sauvage, bright sunshine and a cloudless sky. Summer has finished and all the summer lets are boarded up. The beaches are bright and empty, cafes closed for the winter. Houses like this one stand still, sand on their steps and forgotten collections of seashells huddled in quiet corners. Tamarisk bushes and cedar trees seem to wait for the echoes of children’s voices to be scattered by the cold winter winds.

30cmx 23cm. 12in x 9in.
Watercolour. Painting 031
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bar


Bar (buildings 10)
I am an outsider, a foreigner here, I always will be and it is something that I relish. Being an outsider enables me to see things that I know, if I had grown up here, would probably pass me by unnoticed. Also this outsider ship makes me see things that, to my eyes anyway, are essentially French. Now France is a very beautiful country, full to bursting with wonderful sights and places but sometimes I am attracted by the mundane or even ugly. Like this Bar. I think it looks beautiful and French and well…I love it, so I thought I would celebrate that. Here it is!

25cmx 19cm. 10in x 7.5in.
Watercolour. Painting 030
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Kissing Houses


Kissing Houses (buildings 9)
Vannes is full of beautiful half-timbered medieval houses that lean towards each other almost kissing at roof level.
I like the complex patterns the painted timbers make and the strange topple down feeling of the whole town, as if someone once upon a time made the place out of a collection of little sticks and cards leaning them every which way to help them stand up.

30cmx 23cm. 12in x 9in.
Watercolour. Painting 029
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Washed Silk and Chinese Bowls

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Washed Silk and Chinese Bowls
19cm x 21cm 7.5in x 8.3in
Watercolour.

When painting with watercolour something that I like to do is wash off the paint, doing that leaves the paper stained and makes it possible to build up rich and deep colours with a patina all of their own. This washed silk scarf lent its self to this technique as it has the most beautiful range of blues and purples that I wanted to use to show off my Chinese jugs and bowls. Apparently, Turner used to wash off his watercolours so I am only following in the footsteps of the masters, the best way to learn I think.
50 pounds (UK) 100 dollars (USA) and 75euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Four Bottles


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Four Bottles
12.5cm x 10.5cm 5in x 4in
Watercolour.

Painting with watercolour is like a meditation. A peaceful time when there is nothing but shape and colour in your mind. These four bottles were crying out to be painted, looking peaceful and serene with the morning light filtering through their old glass.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Airport Cafe


Airport Cafe (cafes 3)
I love airport cafes. It might be the fact that people are waiting, some call it killing time but I think of it as embroidering time. When you are forced to take a little time out from the everyday routine, waiting for someone or something, or in the middle of a journey, then you have time for a bit of life embroidery… That is time for reflection, time to doodle with your thoughts, read a book, linger over a coffee. Perhaps it is because there are so many emotions in the atmosphere, so many greetings and farewells that these places hold the sadness and joy like a perfume on the air.

I am sorry that I have not been painting much lately, normal service will be resumed soon I hope and very shortly I may be transferring sales to eBay.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour. Painting 028
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Potato Pan

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Potato Pan (work 5)
Slightly colder weather and bright autumn sunshine makes the roast chicken stall very appealing. The smell of roasting meat carries far on the morning air and huge pans full of hot potatoes billow steam into the sunlight.
I am taking a sneaky break from a lot of illustration work that has taken over in the last week or so, I missed painting too much so have spent Sunday afternoon in the very ladylike occupation of watercolours! Now I am off outside for a jolly fine garden bonfire, Sunday, lovely Sunday.
There is an exhibition of some of my paintings going up in the CMB bank in Hennebont for the whole of October, so if you are down that way go and have a look. If you are interested there is more about that over on Muddy Red Shoes.


25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour. Painting 028
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Chutney and Marmalade


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Chutney and Marmalade (buildings 8)
My friends kitchen again. I am drawn to the warmth and humanity of this place. The light comes into the room elevating the mundane to the realms of glorious. This day she had been making chutney from the glut of apples and marmalade, which sat on the table in jars like so many jewels. This is autumn, a table loaded with good things being “put up” for the winter, bright splashes of gold and red amongst the warm browns. I know they all think I am a bit nuts when I go on and on about their kitchen but I really love it as a subject for painting.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour. Painting 027
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Low Tide


Low Tide (seascapes 6)

Rocks at Low tide, miles of warm shallow water filled with hundreds of rippling colours. Life on the rocks waits patiently for the water to return, seaweed rising like mermaids hair with each kiss of the small waves. It is a warm day with the sky busy with wisps of cloud.


25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour. Painting 026
This painting is for sale, matted and costing:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Skylines.


Skylines. (landscapes 5)

I am really fed up today. I put a painting in for a juried exhibition in London and it didn’t get in. These things happen so I have cheered myself up by painting! Skylines are traversing the heavens, the sun is warm and the first scents of autumn are in the air. There really is nothing wrong with my world, so what if a bunch of celebrities didn’t choose my painting, I still recon it was one of my best (it was that Sunday morning kitchen one). Anyway I am busy finishing a few portraits ready for an exhibition in Hennebont, go and have a look on Muddy Red Shoes to see them. I am back to painting now, feeling un loved, like Van Gogh!
Ha!



25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 025
This painting is for sale:85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sparkling Day.

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Sparkling Day. (seascapes 5)

Vapour trails write upon a deep blue sky while the sea, a slash of sparkling diamonds, acts as a shimmering backdrop to an afternoon of rock pool exploration where the low tide has revealed little worlds full of strange wonders.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 023
This painting is for sale:
95pounds (UK) 186 dollars (USA) and 125 euros (Europe).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Distant Boats Off the Belle Isle.

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Distant Boats Off the Belle Isle. (seascapes 4)

It is such a beautiful day, the beach is empty, the kids are all back at school now and summer has put in a late appearance. The sky towers above, perfect blue going on forever. It is on days such as these that the worries and woes of the world are lost in the enormous beauty of that blue space. We are but grains of sand, very happy, very relaxed grains of sand…smile into the blue and listen to the waves and wish that we can kiss it all better because it is surely worth it.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 023