Monday, May 28, 2007

Ecluse de Menazen


Ecluse de Menazen
27cm x 19cm. 10.5 in x 7.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas
The Blavet River wanders through tree-laden valleys with the occasional lock keepers cottage along the towpath. This one has a little shed behind it, which opens as a bar in the summer. Tables under the shade of the tall cypress tree provide a very pleasant way to spend an early evening after a good walk.
I have just spent the afternoon working towards a new portrait of a Uilleann piper called Dicky Deegan. I shall blog about him on the Muddy Red Shoes, try and put some of his music there as well and link to his new blog (as I also “spread the word” of blog and thus he is now creating his own blog.) The music is fantastic and goes so well with this part of the world. If you would like to know more travel to the Muddy Red Shoes in a couple of hours and read all about it!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Half-Timbered House, Vannes.


Half-Timbered House, Vannes.
23cm x 17.5cm. 9 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

Vannes is a beautiful town; I think it is the capital of the Morbhian in Brittany. It is full of wonderful half-timbered buildings, leaning over to kiss each other above the cobbled streets. I walk through Vannes looking up at these impossible buildings weaving a mediaeval wave across the sky.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Josselin Style


Josselin Style
20cm x 20cm. 8 in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

The Breton costume varies from town to town. The headdresses are different, made of starched lace they can be tall towers or little caps depending on which town or area they are from.

These two ladies were having a conversation outside the church of Notre-Dame-du-Roncier in Josselin. I assume then, that this is the Josselin style.


60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cottage in the Dunes.


Cottage in the Dunes.
15cm x 10cm. 6 in x 4in.
Oil gesso board.

I am feeling better now, went out for a bit of “fresh” and did a little oil sketch. I like these little quick sketches but they are just that, little and quick. They have the advantage of being fresh and fluid but I cannot bring myself to charge much for them.
So there you go, a little bargain maybe.
30 pounds (UK) 58 dollars (USA) and 42euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Lock Keepers Cottage

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Foal

SOLD
Foal
19cm x 29cm. 7.5in x 11.5in.
Watercolour
More of the little lassy. I am suffering now with a monumental migraine so I am off to a darkened room, that’s it, I am gone.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Foal 3

Foal 2

Foal 1

Sea Pinks, Cote Sauvage


Sea Pinks, Cote Sauvage
120cm x 40 cm. 47 in x 16in.
Oil on canvas.

The Cote Sauvage offers up its bitten coastline to the harsh attention of the sea, sea pinks shudder and cling to the short coarse grasses of the cliff tops and we lean into the salt laden wind.
This is a place where I love to go and draw. Pinioned against the cliff face by the wind, surf splattering my sketchbook, it makes me feel so very alive.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Still Morning


Old Shed




Elderflower. Morning Walk




Birthday


Birthday
19cm x 29cm. 7.5in x 11.5in.
Watercolour
The dim light of an early morning softly illuminates a new foal. Her mother gently nuzzling and talking with a low burbling sound as the foal balances uncertainly on Giacometti like legs. A shivering new life wobbling around in short bursts of energy. So much for my break from painting but, honestly, how could I resist doing some work about this little lady. Her name is Thea and she arrived in the small hours of this morning.

This painting is for sale, matted and costing:
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Portrait Commission


Portrait Commission
20cm x 20cm or 8in x 8in
Oil on canvass.

Another commission, portraits from other peoples photos are always a challenge but I am pleased with this one so I thought I would show it off here and say hello at the same time. I am very busy, painting some big seascapes and illustrating like mad. I have some watercolour's clamoring to get out and have just constructed the ultimate "sketching-while-walking" kit. So I shall be road testing that and possibly inflicting the results on you, hope you don't mind. The break in daily paintings will not be for long, sometimes it is necessary to take some pressure off and just paint and, if I am honest, probably do some housework...now that is weird!

life drawing 6

Cornwall

life drawing 5

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lost in Time

SOLD
Lost in Time
29cm x 19cm. 11.5in x 7.5in.
Watercolour

I know I said I would be taking a break, and I am, honestly! I was at a friend’s house on Sunday and there in the long grass of the orchard stood this little rusting tractor. Instantly I thought of my Uncle. Years ago I painted a watercolour of his little “massy” tractor and, when I visited him and my Aunt recently, there was the painting, framed and in his study. So happening upon this one made me ponder on the passing of time, the way it blurs at the edges, the things that seem so momentous are often forgotten while small moments resurface, unbidden, conjured unexpectedly by a perfume or a rusting tractor. I was back twenty years ago, in his orchard; coaxing my watercolours to represent a piece of machinery, now I am time-travelling with my paints.


Also just to let you know, the sale of the long landscape fell through, I have decided that I really do not like auctioning work and will not do it again, a painting has a price, and that is that. At the moment I own the long landscape painting, it looks good where I have hung it and if anyone wants to buy it the cost is 500 euros.

Cliff Top

Cote Savage, yesterday

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Forgotten Rose

SOLD

Forgotten Rose
23cm x 17.5cm. 9 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

I found this old house being slowly reclaimed by the earth, a forgotten rose still gracing the walls where once a small garden must have flourished. Coming across places like this, unexpectedly, always fills me with a strangely enjoyable melancholy.


That’s it for at least two weeks now, I need to recharge my batteries, experiment a little and explore different mediums. So that is exactly what I shall do. Bye…just for a bit!

Walls Forbidden City

Old Man. China

China.

Life Drawing 4

Life Drawing 3

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lane By The Barley




Lane By The Barley
(click to image to see a bigger version)
Oil on Canvass
100cm. x 30 cm. or 40in. x12 in.
It is finished, the landscape that I have been working on over the past week or so. You can watch the process on
Muddy Red Shoes blog.


You might be interested in my sketchbook blog, I promise that this is the last new blog that I will be making for a while. No words, nothing for sale. It is nothing more than pages from my huge pile of sketchbooks. If I add a page or two a day I probably have enough for the next ten years at least. They will be labeled into subjects and might prove interesting to those of you who are interested in sketchbooks. It is here Muddy Red Sketchbook
Thats it for today.

Kitchen Sink. Cornwall

Danny Sleeping

Joe & Bucket

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Baby.

Inukshuk


Inukshuk
20.3cm x 22.9cm. 8in x 9in.
Watercolour

This is a commission. It is a way pointer, or Inukshuk, I think. I have not been to Canada but as I painted it I tried to get a little of the atmosphere so I surrounded myself with pinecones and listened to a recording of loons (honestly!)
It is very good to paint in watercolour again, think I will do a few more. I have documented each stage of this painting and might blog the making over on Muddy Red Shoes after I have finished the landscape one that is going on now.
Obviously, as it is a commission, it is not for sale. I hope he likes it, he hasn't seen it yet.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Wind Tracks in the Barley.


Wind Tracks in the Barley.
23cm x 17.5cm. 9 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

It is barley, not wheat. This beautiful green sea of soft new growth that is filling the fields around my home is barley. I keep calling it wheat; obviously I am not a farmer. This is the corner of the field where the marks of the tractor mingle with wind tracks to make drawings in the soft blanket of colour.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Painting Holidays At My House

Announcing brand new painting holidays, with me, here at my house...
I have made a shiny new blog with lots of pictures and all the information that you would need to know
go and have a look.
Come and have a holiday, we do bed and breakfast if you don't want to paint.
Tell all your friends.
The wine is in the cellar, the baguette is warming in the oven...
see you soon!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Forest Path


Forest Path
18cm x 14cm. 7 in x 5.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas

The low sun of early morning making a cathedral of the forest. Tall pillars of trees casting processional shadows across the path. The bright leaves of birches like a stained glass backdrop.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Soft Wheat Field

SOLD

Soft Wheat Field
18cm x 14cm. 7 in x 5.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas

This is a study that I have done to support the larger landscape that I am painting, “stage by stage” over on my blog Muddy Red Shoes. This is quite early in the morning; clear blue sky and fresh new green everywhere. The wheat is soft, like a baby’s hairbrush, in the next field, fresh earth lies rich and dark waiting to be sown. The pine trees have bright tips like little lime-green lights.