Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sketching the River

Gouache on coloured ground.  30 x 24 cm approx.
This is done from a little point by Ponsontuel Creek.  You can tuck your self away and sit for hours if you want, unseen amongst the twisty oaks on the edges of the river.  I got some old and a bit knackered paper, messed it up with some inks and let it dry so that I could use it as a coloured ground for some gouache work.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Oil on Canvas 50 x 40 cm or 15.7 x 19.7 inches
The sum of March, the bigger painting of the month,  had to be the lowest tide of the year.  With the moon the closest to the earth that it will be for a good few years to come, the pull on the tides was very strong and so the river was reduced to its deepest channel.  On that day people were out enjoying some sunshine, digging for bait, walking the shoreline, seeing a view of the land from a different place.  You cant see them, but they are in this picture, see the detail below.
It has been a great month, not much rain but quite a lot of mist.  I like painting in the mist and fog, it takes away all the detail and makes you search out shape and colour.  The clocks sprang forward and the evenings are longer.  The leaves are just about to come out, hawthorn is already a bright new green and catkins scribble the woods with a fuzzy yellow. 
I went to London to see my painting in the RI exhibition, a lovely show.  To see the Watercolours at the Tate, Turners painting kit, swoon! And to meet up with the voice of Making a Mark ,Katherine, and talk art.  Which we did, a lot of!
Back to the river and looking forward to the greening of the trees in the coming month, I cant wait... I want to paint some green!

Detail...the people in the distance!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Nightfall and Fog Horns

Oil on paper 20 x 15 cm.
The clocks went forward today so at 8pm night was just falling, mist deep on the river and the sound of a mournful fog horn.  Beautiful still end to a lovely day.  Boats are being put in the water, it is the start of the season.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

One Hour Between

March 25 6.20pm  Oil on paper
Got out last night after a long day of illustration, this was pure bliss, like a long cold drink.  A slight mist, two gigs were practising on the river, soft little waves lapping, aah!  Peace, beautiful.  Then I went up and got a drink and sat on the balcony at the sailing club and just caught the nightfall from a slightly different view point.  The first few lights were being switched on and the evening turned from a gentle green to a soft blue.

March 25.  7.20 pm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Some Early Mornings and Big Tides.

23 march 7.30 am.  Oil on paper 15 x 20 cm

22 March 12.30 pm.  Oil on paper 15 x 20 cm.

21 March. 7.30am.  Gouache on paper 21 x 15 cm
21 March 7am  Oil on wood 23 x 15

20 March 7.30am Oil on paper 15 x 20 cm
A few days with great tides, really high or really low.  I think, looking at my tide book that on the 21st it was the lowest that it will be all year.  On the 22nd I was able to walk right out and paint from a different viewpoint.   It is strange to go back when the tide is high and where you walked and sat is far under water.  I have been busy with lots of things but still fitting in these little paintings and will get back to posting them up on a daily basis very soon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Celtic Lass

22 x 50 cm or 8.5 x 19.5 inches


Two Plein air sketches. Oil on paper
I am taking a little time off blogging, there is quite a lot of things that I need to concentrate on for a while.  I shall still be doing the almost daily pontoon paintings but might post them in a batch once a week.  So I shall be back, in the mean while here are two studies done "en plein air" of the glorious daffodil fields.  I cant stop looking at these beautiful slaps of colour across the landscape, they look fantastic by moonlight (yes I was out there painting)  More later...bye for now.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sun and High Tide

Oil on paper.  20 x 15cm or 8 x 6 inches.
The rainy day turned into a lovely afternoon, I just managed to get a painting in after dashing all over Gods creation like a dervish.  The tide is high, the moon is filling up, full-full and big tomorrow.

Fields of Gold

Oil on card 11 x 6 cm or 4.5 x 2.5 inches.
It is raining and grimly today, I will be out in it later but for now here is a little plein air study of the amazing fields of gold that are all around.  Daffodils looking stunning in the spring sunshine.  I did this on Wednesday, when the sky was blue and the sun shone.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Low Tide, Polwheveral Creek.

Oil on Board 44 x 30 cm or 17 x 12 inches
This is one of my favorite views, looking down Polwheveral Creek, which is one of the creeks that feed down to the Helford River.  The high vantage point is a field where you can hide away and paint and watch and revel in such a glorious place  Where the trees fold down to hidden creeks that wend their way gently to the sea.  Where the glistening estuary mud is speckled with water birds paddling about in the shallows.
There are quite a few exciting things happening right now, I am going to be part of the Contemporary Impressionism series of exhibitions which are being held at Beside the Wave this summer.  I will be having a two-woman show with Amanda Hoskin in August and I am very excited about that indeed!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Early Morning Walk

Oil on canvas board 20 x 25 cm or 8 x 10 inches
I have a busy day ahead so I rushed out early this morning to get my painting fix.  What a beautiful day, soft mist rising off the river, calm water like liquid glass.  There was someone out for an early walk who provided a lovely reflection  and a touch of scale.  I am revived, awake and invigorated, ready to go, painting must be good for your health!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fog in the Morning

Oil on card 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches
Beautiful, quiet fog.  Loaded with soft water in tiny droplets.  I sit inside a cloud and paint this and it feels like a cloud of peaceful protection.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Misty March Day

Oil on Card 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches
Misty and blustery, really needed to sit out and paint today, all wound up with worries and woes but after painting this one and stopping in the woods on the way home and getting a good workout, painting style, with this one:

I feel a bit better.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Good Clouds, Bad Dogs

Oil on board, 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches
Just before 6 pm, and it is still light.  Wonderful clouds tonight all greys and very subtle pinks.  The peace was broken however by two very bad dogs.  I have a friends dog staying and so took her, together with my dog, down to the painting place.  Big mistake, they behaved like toddlers and made loads of noise and now stink of some unmentionable dead marine something!  One dog good, two dogs bad.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Cloud Play

Oil on Card 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches
The clouds were messing about in front of the sun today, one moment the far shore was lit with a spotlight of gold, the next moment the gold was on the woods, the water turned from a silky aqua to an almost navy blue purple.  It is hard work trying to keep up with such playful weather.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Catkins in the Woods

Gouache on Paper 20 x 16 cm or 8 x 5.5 inches
Catkins in the woods, daffodils in the hedgerows, wild garlic beside the footpaths.  There is a kind of hush today, it is very still, as if everything is holding its breath, just about to explode into spring!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Cold Bright Sun

Oil on board 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches.
A beautiful sunny afternoon, everywhere is drying out, the muddy footpaths, the stones on the side of the quay and the sand, a bleaching drying wind, but it is so cold.  The wind whips across the water chilling me to the bone.  It is lovely bright, cold, fresh and clean.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Gig Practice

Oil on board 20 x 15 cm or 8 x 6 inches
What a beautiful Saturday morning, a frost takes the colours down a notch or two, the river is glassy, the gig rowers are practicing in the distance, smoke drifts through the trees.  Heaven, I could stay here for hours, apart from a very cold bum and lots to do today.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Misty Choppy Day

Oil on board 15 x 20 cm or 6 x 8 inches
It was cold and choppy, too lumpy to sit out on the pontoon, it was rocking and rolling all over the place, so I sat on the little beach a bit too close to the incoming tide, managed to get this done before I got too wet!  I missed the glorious weather yesterday but it will be nice soon and anyway, I love this misty stuff, a lot!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

River View

Gouache on Paper
A little one done yesterday, not sure if I will get out today despite it being a most glorious day, sun, blue sky everything!  Maybe later.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

White Sky

Gouache on Paper
20 x 12.5 cm or 8 x 5 inches
Tucked away by some rocks on a little beach.  There is a flat white look to the sky, very subtle layers of cloud.  My shoulder hurts, it might be the cold rock.  I put some torn paper into this before I started, it made some interesting edges in the trees.  I love gouache, it seems like the best of both worlds, watercolour and oils.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Soft Morning

Sitting in a slightly different place, the tide is out and the light is soft, early morning just before 8am.  The mornings are definitely getting lighter and the hedgerows are filling with bright green leaves, it is spring, foraging can begin, the air smells sweet and clean.