Thursday, January 31, 2008

Camors Forest




Camors Forest
Oil on Canvas
120cm x 90cm or 47in x 34in.

I am packing and sorting, saying goodbye to a stage of our lives. Whenever this happens, I find myself distilling places and moments, trying to capture and save them like drops of precious water, like perfume. Then, one day, in another place, I can pull the stopper and, for the briefest of moments, inhale a memory, rekindle a place.
So this is a painting that I did last year, I was going to sell it but not now, this one is mine, because to me this holds some of the essence of my time spent living in Brittany. During the next few days of upheaval, boxes and too much coffee I shall post a few pieces that, for me, say Brittany, France.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sad Tree


Feeling a bit sad right now, if you want to know why go and read more on Muddy Red Shoes. For now here is a page from my sketch book.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Every Cloud.


SOLD
Every Cloud.
20cm x 14cm. 8in x 5.5in.
Watercolour.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Big Cloud, Lorient.

SOLD
Big Cloud, Lorient.
19cm x 18.6cm. 7.5in x 7.3in.
Watercolour.

Big clouds on the horizon. Life throws up strange things. I feel like painting some skies, I seek solace in watercolour…here is a big sky above Lorient, a break in the rain, the sun is trying to come out.
Ha…all will be well.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Winter Sunshine

SOLD
Winter Sunshine
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil on canvas board.

More effects of bright sunlight, so many colours in the dazzelment!


This painting is for sale:
100 pounds (UK) 198 dollars (USA) and 135 euros (Europe). This includes the postage but not the frame.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Winter Tree 2


Winter Tree 2
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Oil on deep canvas.

This is the second “winter tree” another London Planetree. This time of year is such a bonus for tree watchers; they scratch the skies with their bony fingers, stark against greys and blues, almost too much to take in.
I have been working on the bar painting over on Muddy Red Shoes, further explanation of a paintings progress.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bristol from Tom's Flat

Bristol Street

Waterloo Sunrise

This is post number 401!
Waterloo Sunrise
18cm x 12cm. 7in x 4.75in.
Oil on stretched canvas.

A small study looking towards Waterloo Bridge. The sun had risen but an impending rainstorm conjured up some magnificent skies for a short while. A little view of London for Monday morning. (and a tiny sort of reference to the Kinks)
Happy Monday!


This painting is for sale:
50 pounds (UK) 98 dollars (USA) and 66 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

First Steps For A Painting

This is the first step for this painting, I have gone into great detail on Muddy Red Shoes about the first steps, if you are interested please visit.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Music Night










Music Night

A little departure from the normal format. Last night I enjoyed a fantastic evening of music at Le Brasses du Bengale one of the people playing was Dave Pegg who used to play with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull. I had to draw like mad because my boy Dan, who is a great guitarist, includes Mr Pegg in his list of influences, also I love to spend my time like this...beer, music and sketchbooks.
Also playing was Brian Mccombe with his ullian pipes, I have painted him before and am usually close to tears when he sings. There is one song in particular that talks about being far from home and it appeals to my need to enjoy missing people and places. Then there was a very funny song smith called Alistair and a Breton bagpipe (or biniou) player who's name was Gil, I think. Actually, as far as sketches go I think the one of Gil is the best.

I shall be working some of these up into paintings in the next couple of weeks but for now if you want to see all of the sketches that I did last night without any commentary visit the Muddy Red Sketchbook or if my waffling on appeals to you visit Muddy Red Shoes.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Houses of Parliament, Sunrise.

SOLD
Houses of Parliament, Sunrise.
37cm x 49cm. 14.6in x 19.3in.
Watercolour.
I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite artists, Monet. So one day in London I got up early and made my way to the footbridge next to the Hungerford Bridge. In the biting cold dawn I made several sketches of this view. I love the juxtaposition of the London eye, so big and modern with the soft, spiky-brown and very old Houses of Parliament. I also liked the spots of light breaking up the dark shapes of the early morning.
This is quite big for a watercolour so you might like to click on the picture to get up close and personal with the marks and the details.

This painting is for sale: 175 pounds (UK) 345 dollars (USA) and 234 euros (Europe).This includes the postage.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ten Fifteen, Friday Morning.



SOLD
Ten Fifteen, Friday Morning.
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour.

Friday morning in early December, walking down Haymarket towards the Mall. London is a foreign land to me, I could be walking through the ancient temples of Egypt it feels so exotic! The sunlight guilds the pavements and colours the buildings until it seems that the streets are paved with gold!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Piccadilly Morning

SOLD
Piccadilly Morning
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil on canvas board.

Climbing up from Piccadilly tube station into such glorious light and fresh, cold air. A bright sunshiny day, winter, fresh and bright and my favorite light effect…backlighting.
I am doing several paintings around this theme, this one is in oils and now I shall attempt one in watercolour, it should be interesting to see the difference.
Also, if you are a tree lover then take a look at the other blog Muddy Red Shoes for a slide show of all of my tree paintings, well a lot of them anyway.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Winter Tree 1


Winter Tree 1
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Oil on deep canvas.

London is full of these trees, the London Planetree. They have interesting bark and fantastic seed balls that appear to draw shapes against the bright blue of a winter morning. Trees in cities seem to me to be so important, like acupuncture points relieving the stress of concrete, noise and cars. Look up and feel restored. Beautiful and majestic trees!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

London Skyline

SOLD

London Skyline

35cm x 45cm. 14in x 18in.
Watercolour.
A cold afternoon over London, already the evening is approaching bringing more rain. The light is that which throws everything into such clarity that it is almost painful. This is the view from the National Portrait Gallery restaurant, a long line of big glass windows affords a view of the city that seems as if it has been set there just for the diners pleasure, like a vast living mural made up of a million shades of gray and brown with tiny specks of oxidized copper green, a little dusky pink and some warm yellow ochre.
I was going to wait a bit and put out these bigger works later but I am an impatient person so here it is for you to enjoy this weekend...January can be a bit grim so I am throwing myself headfirst into lots of work from my England trip, fire lit, music on, warm studio, lots of sketches, a big pile of blank canvasses and blocks of watercolour paper. Infact, at the moment January is looking fine!

This painting is for sale:175 pounds (UK) 345 dollars (USA) and 234 euros (Europe).

This includes the postage.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Piccadilly Night


Piccadilly Night
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. on canvas board
Night fell and the lights and neon hoarding at Piccadilly Circus took over the sky, like a firework display in blocks! I was mesmerised by the bright colour's against the inky black shapes. This is possibly the closest I will ever get towards a little abstract, I got very involved with the black! Actually, in this painting there is no black, rather a deep inky purple made from Prussian blue and Alizerian crimson, it gives the painting a velvety quality that does not really show up here.

This painting is for sale, unframed :100 pounds (UK) 198 dollars (USA) and 135 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.
And here is what it would look like in a frame,
it is sold unframed but I quite like seeing what it would look like in its "going out clothes"!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Piccadilly Evening

Piccadilly Evening
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. on canvas board.
Back home at last! Now I have the time to begin playing with some of the ideas I have for paintings. This is from my first evening in London. It had been raining and the streets and pavements were holding soft reflections of all the lights in the shops and buildings. Above it all the sky became a very intense blue before finally succumbing to the night...

This painting is for sale:
100 pounds (UK) 198 dollars (USA) and 135 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.
These paintings are not sold framed but they do look very fine when they are. Just to give you an idea of how they can look here it is...in a frame!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Cornwall





The grey granite of Cornwall. Solid houses stand stoic against Atlantic winds that sculpt the trees. St Ives hugs its self with arms of stone, bejewelled with Christmas lights as the inky cold winter sea creeps up the deserted beach, tea is on and the curtains are being closed against the night. Cornwall in the winter.
Happy New Year everyone.