Thursday, June 30, 2011

Back Home

Crillon Le Brave Steps Watercolour

Terrace Pots. Gouache, small.

The road Home, Gouache, small.

The Well, Gouache, small.

Vines in Midday Sun.  Gouache, small.
I am home, if you have bothered to scroll down to this bit we can talk!  Provence was brilliant, I did 57 paintings in oil, watercolour and gouache.  My ability to post was limited by a very exciting lightening strike beside my bed.  I kept good company with scorpions and fell in love with a mountain.  There will be more paintings tomorrow, right now, my friends, I am enjoying a very fine glass of red wine and an even finer meal, steak and salad ( an extraordinary salad) made by my dearest Big Dave who I have missed so much!  More paintings tomorrow.
All of the paintings posted are done "en plein air", many will be available for purchase through the gallery Beside The Wave in August, more info later.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesdays Crop of Paintings

Farm & Cherry Orchard. Afternoon.

Monday Evening, Dusk.

Les Demoiselles, early morning.

House Mid Morning. SOLD

Boules, Early Evening.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Blue Skies

A Little Early Morning Vignette.  Watercolour
Rose & Rosemary Morning Shadows.  Oil
Midday Potager.  Oil  SOLD
French Window with Blue Jug.  Watercolour
The Lavender Abbey  Watercolour

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Early Morning Mountain Worship. Oil.

Midday Market.  Watercolour

This amazing place is called Gaud, or Gawd, anyway I wasnt allowed to stop to paint, nearly had to sulk as I was chivvied along to a lavender abby, which was OK but I would have relished the challenge of painting this place...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Stuff.

The Terrace Before Breakfast.  Oil

The trusty easel painting the Terrace before breakfast.

Washing Line and Pegs. Oil, (slightly less pink in real life)

Rain on Mont Ventoux  (from the studio window.)

Night, Crillion le Brave.  Watercolour

Ruin Late Afternoon Sun.  Watercolour.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Remains of the Day

The Ruin, Afternoon, Cloudy.  Watercolour.

Provence Potager

Provence Potager, Storm Clouds.  Oil 

Morning Light.  Oil.

The Ruin, Thursday Afternoon, watercolour

Afternoon Mont Ventoux, watercolour

Pots on the Terrace, watercolour.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

First Morning In Provence

Mont Ventoux early about 6am

The first painting site of the day.

Ochre Cliff, oil

Ochre Cliff, watercolour

From the Terrace, morning. Oil

House in Hot Sun, watercolour
So now it is lunchtime and it is hot, it is very lovely here but as I cant make the spell checker work I am not going to "wax lyrical" much.  I shall paint and post up what I do.  It is difficult to stop right now, everywhere I look I see a painting. Look what was in my bedroom this morning...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Provencal Evening

Oil on board 15 x 20 cm
After a long day travelling, I have arrived in this beautiful place, cicadas shout into the indigo night, I had to do a little scribble before watching the moon, blood red eclipsing over the vines,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Sky Above and Painting with Ghosts

 Oil on board, 15 x 20 cm  At last!  Back after a whole week away, oh it feels good to be sitting painting "my" view again.  It is the evening, the sky above was so big, clouds massing after a glorious day, maybe rain tomorrow?
Anyway after my mammoth packing day I sorted out my studio and when all was spick and span I decided to restore my great great grandfathers prochade box... and start to use it.
 I cut a piece of MDF to serve as a pallet and a couple of boards to go in the slots so that I can paint many sizes.  There is a beautiful brass thing that holds everything up.
 This is the makers mark, its old this box, he was painting in the 1850s
 My paints sit where his did now and so, as I wander around painting my world,  I hope he is there with me, painting alongside his great great granddaughter!

Friday, June 10, 2011


June has turned into a very busy month.  On Wednesday I collected this from the framers.  I am so very happy with the result, it looks beautiful.  It is January 7th from the "Plein Air River Project".  I photographed it in the back of my van before delivering it to the Falmouth Art Gallery where it is to be part of their British Impressionists exhibition this summer.  If you are in Falmouth this summer go and see it.
I am very pleased to be included in this show alongside some fabulous artists.  Unfortunately I wont be able to go to the private view as I shall be doing my own impression of an impressionist and painting in Provence! 
I leave on Tuesday and having had a house full of visitors have left packing and planning until now.  I am flying out on Wednesday and having not travelled from an airport for a good long time I was a little worried about the luggage allowance so...  I got myself one of those handy luggage scales, threw all my art materials and some clothes into my bag and hoisted it up on the scales.  I was horrified to see that it weighed in at 25kg, I am allowed 20kg.  I spent ages taking things out, finding a lighter bag, deciding not to take gouache, ripping backs off sketchbooks, putting all of my clothes on at once until, peering closely at the numbers I realised that I had been reading pounds not kilogrammes!  I need that holiday!
As a consequence of all of this activity you may have noticed that the plein air river paintings have been absent, I am hoping to do one today, Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday but after that I shall not be here for the rest of June. 
The project will resume, with a vengeance in July but I am hoping to post the products of my Provencal painting as I go.  Au revoir and a bientot!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Busy Times

Frenchman's Creek  60 x 40 cm  Oil

Hazy Helford  40 x 30 cm  Oil

Low Tide, Polwheveral Creek  40 x 30  Oil