Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier

Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier
Watercolour
Sketchbook

New moleskine sketchbook, always exciting and ever so slightly daunting, after all you don't want to mess up on the first page.  So like a prise idiot I happened to be in Falmouth when the "urge" struck and so I had to go for it...quite a complex scene but I think it worked, especially the distant hills, click on the picture to see them!
Anyway Falmouth, great place, I went to art school here, many many years ago.  I worked in a stinky little cafe on this very pier, called the "Koffee Kup", frying chips and providing disgusting drinks which called themselves coffee, it was the 70's, my paint water would have passed as coffee then!

I have decided to leave the very lovely group of daily painters that I have been a member of. For no other reason than I don't really feel that I am painting daily enough.  I want to spend more time on studies towards larger pieces.  I really enjoyed being in the group, I think they are all very worthwhile artists and was very proud to be associated with them, the caliber is high and I shall be keeping in contact with them but it is time for me to venture out into the wilderness , alone!  Alone with my trusty moleskine and my dog...lets see what happens...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Autumn Landscape

Autumn Landscape
Watercolour
Sketchbook

Long car journeys are fabulous when following a road less travelled, by me anyway, all of a sudden the landscape is spread out before you in a beautiful quilt of colours.  Swooping down from escarpments or ridges, windows wide open,  England seems to go on forever decked out in early autumn finery, a feast for the senses, as the smells of new places invade the car, bonfires, leaves and rushing wind. As home approaches you can even smell the sea.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Road 1

Road 1
Watercolour
Sketchbook

Taking one of our lads up to start at university, we were on the road before light and, as the sun came up, I couldn't resist doing a little painting as we travelled.  Mist was lifting off the fields giving everything a soft ethereal beauty. I might add that I was not doing the driving!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reflection

Reflection.
7 x 5 in or 17.8 x 12.6 cm.
Oil on gesso card.

Calm thought, careful consideration, it is good, reflection.  Sometimes it can be touched with melancholy, like the deep pooling of memory, time passing and then lit up with bright flashes of pure colour.  Ah Ha!  Me thinks I spend too long on the banks of this beautiful place, lost in thought and deep in reflection!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Waiting on the Tide

Waiting on the Tide
Oil on gesso board.
4 x 8 in or 10 x 20.3 cm.

The tide is out leaving a boat high and dry, just a glimmer of water is left like a shard of glass splitting the dark treeline and the seaweed strewn river bed.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Swans

Swans
Oil on gesso board.
4 x 8 in or 10 x 20.3 cm.

Very high tide, early morning, at the top of the creek swans gather quietly and two people fish from a small boat.  Occasionally they row the boat, the sound of the oars dipping into the water gently  breaking the silence.  Still and green and peaceful.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Stubble Field

Stubble Field
10 x 8 in or 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Oil on Canvas board.

Stubble streaks the landscape with dry brush strokes, fields lie in wait for autumn, gathering their hedges, blackberry encrusted stoles about their shoulders.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Digging Bait

Digging Bait
Oil on Canvas board
10 x 8 in or 25.4 x 20.3cm

Up on the fields of Little Dennis looking down to Gillan Harbour and along the creek.  In the distance two people dig for bait.  The tide is out and the tracery of the river can be seen.  Sun catches on the water like a handful of carelessly scattered diamonds and the wind is high but warm.
This is a study for a larger painting.  These big views lend themselves to much larger canvasses and besides I enjoy getting lost in them!


Friday, September 05, 2008

Deep Gully

Deep Gully
Oil on canvas board
8 x 10 in or 20.3 x 25.4cm

Hidden away between some rocks on the edge of the bank, beneath some huge old cedar trees, not a soul in sight.  Cracking open the silence are the cries of the oyster catchers.  Then suddenly six swans, following the river, fly with a rhythmic hoop-hoop of rushing air past 

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Treeline

Treeline
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 in or 25.4 x 20.3 cm

I love these thick woods that pour down the sides of the valley into the river, delicious deep rich greens, almost black at times.  At low tide the exposed roots of the old oak trees seem to dabble into the estuary mud, like gnarled fingers, making little rivulets of water that trickle into the remaining river, breaking the reflections.  Deep blue shadow turns to pink-grey while the river ribbon holds deep greens and peaty browns.

For Sale

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Yellow Buoys

Yellow Buoys
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 in 0r 25.4 x 20.3 cm

I have been out painting en plein air, the plein air that I was in was so still and softly purple grey that I was lulled into a bucolic dreamlike state, painting in a trance, ignoring the dog. After many hours, watching the tides rise and fall, listening to the silent river,  I trudged home, covered in paint and cold but happy.  
Then my camera broke so I had to use the lesser camera to take a picture of my efforts.  
Then the weather changed into a big blowzy, wind-blown, sun-filled autumn day.  
Now my paintings feel as if they are in the wrong place, so forgive me.  The photograph of this painting and the next few offerings is woeful, the mood for me, now is out of kilter.  I am a creature of changeability, like a barometer.  I shall have to go out again, to be buffeted by the sun and wind and paint a different sort of day.