Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning
Oil on board
6 in x 6 in or 15 cm x 15 cm

Mawgan creek early one frosty morning, everything is especially still and clear.  Just a hint of pink left in the sky echoed in the red tips of the winter woods.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Winter Afternoon

Winter Afternoon.
Watercolour, pen and pencil.

Walking home, a winters afternoon.  The sun sets in a blaze of orange fire chased away by the fingers of cold inky night.  Trees against the sky, scratchy branches holding up a few black crows.  It is cold, there will be a frost tonight.

Click on the image for a closer look.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Oil on Board
7 in x 4 in or 18 cm x 10 cm.

I have been working a few sketchbook pictures into oil paintings.  I like to see what a difference the medium makes to the feel of a picture.  Also, working from my sketch book means that I can fit some painting into a very busy schedule.  Sometimes just the act of painting is like a salve to the soul, a big deep breath, like lying back in a lovely hot bath...aaahhh!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Back on the Mooring

Back on the Mooring
Oil on board
10cm x 23.5cm
4 in x 9 in

Bright sunlight giving an almost spring like feel to everything, the water sparkling and the grass showing up the fingers of the bare trees.

This one really deserves a click on the image to see detail.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Loe Bar

Loe Bar
Oil on Board
15 cm x 15 cm
6 in x 6 in

Leaden sky with just a hint of blue beyond.  The sea is brewing up, waves are gathering and a mist of spray covers the cliffs.  For a moment the sun breaks through like a searchlight and picks out Loe Bar.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sam & Eliza

Sam & Eliza.
Oil on Board
10cm x 18cm
4in x 7in

A little painting that will be a gift I think, see Muddy Red Shoes to work out who it is for.  
This was an evening walk, just before the sun slipped behind the trees in a blaze of glory.  The river was liquid gold.  Tiny specks of bright light piercing the winter woods, like a light scattering of precious stones.

To get a closer view, click on the image.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tide Rush

Tide Rush
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Cold but sunny, I sit on the beach and try to paint the rushing water.  This is a narrow bit between two sandbanks where the river rushes out to meet the sea.  Beyond, the winter trees reach right down to the water.
If you want to see what I take with me on sketching trips please visit Muddy Red Shoes.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Rain, Field and Farm

Rain, Field and Farm.
12 cm x 40 cm or 5 in x 16 in
(another of my pesky panoramas, click on the picture for more of a look)

I adore winter skies with its beautiful colours and rain being back lit by a reluctant sun.  I always feel that there is more sky in the winter...do the leaves really take up that much room!
I sat in my little car to do this, the rain hammering on the canvas roof one moment then bright light the next.  The sea turned from steely grey to deep blue by the minute and huge clouds gathered, billowing up and over the landscape.  All the while the little farm on the hill looked on, impassive underneath all the drama.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Walking in Winter

Waling In Winter
8cm x 13cm or 3.5in x 5in

Just out walking along the cliff path.  There is a couple down on the shore, he holds her bag while she paddles in the shallow water.  Winter light on the still sea.

Monday, December 01, 2008


Tan ta rah!...Watermarks is launching today, we are a group of artists who all do work inspired or influenced by water, on it, in it, beside it, near it, the watery stuff is what gets us going.  So to see the development of watery subjects, watch a group of artists responding to the same stuff in very different ways take a boat trip to WATERMARKS, bookmark the site and visit often to see how it all develops.  I am very honoured to be a member of this group and am hoping that a whole lake of  work will develop and the tap of talent will be impossible to turn off!