Friday, 22 September 2017

A warm glow.

Golden  Oils on board  5 x 7 inches

Warm sky and land.  Evening.

Studio Musings...

The painting was originally larger but I decided to crop it.
I felt the outer edges of the piece didn't add anything to the work.

Now framed...the painting has more presence.
The focus is on the warm glow.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017


Expressions   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

A dramatic moment at sunset.

Studio Musings...

I am keeping this painting for a forthcoming show this winter.
I enjoyed making the expressive marks.

The painting will partner a larger abstract piece 20 x 20 inches.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sea view.

Sea and Sand   Oils on board  8 x 5 inches

Brief interlude of light brings warmth to the shore.

Studio Musings...

A tall study for a change.
This format is just right for a narrow space.

It just shows how a scene can be interesting and small.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Still waters.

Wild Place   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

A wildlife reserve.  Watching and waiting for visitors.

Studio Musings...

Woods and water...some mysterious places.
I abstracted this little study, letting it evolve as I moved the oils around.

A woodland scene began to appear and I scratched the surface
making tree trunks and branches.  The sky was filled in with a knife
sculpting the oils and pressing the colours together to blend a little.

I pulled the same colours down in the water as reflections.

As the work progressed it became quite exciting to see the marks come to life.

This small study will be available on

Monday, 18 September 2017

Light and shade.

On Reflection   Oils on board  7 x 11 inches

Light filters through trees and skims the water.

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Studio Musings...

Abstraction is a wonderful exercise when
 you let your imagination have freedom.

Armed with some colour and a brush this little painting
evolved into a wild landscape full of atmosphere.

My paintings are created from moving paint around.
Light and dark give the impression of depth and sense of place.

Here are some photos of our garden...

I don't paint from photo reference but these colours might
find their way into a paintings sometime.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Slippery slope.

Thaw   Oils on canvas board  8 x 10 inches

Packed snow on a hillside, slippery from sledging.

Studio Musings...

This little painting was a re-work of an old winterscape.
It went through several changes until I decided it had reached a conclusion.

Quite heavily textured with layers of oils, it reminds me of the winter of 1962/3.
We used to sledge with friends at Ravendale near Grimsby.

The slopes became very shiny with packed snow and ice.

It needed a frame and I found this little old frame in my studio.
A coat of silvery paint and here we are...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017


Sandbank   Oils on gessoed 140lb watercolour paper 12 x 13 inches

Summer sun on sand.
East Coast Marshes, low tide.

Studio Musings...

The tide goes out a long way on Lincolnshire's coast.

Fond memories of childhood days looking for shells and driftwood.
Paddling in warm pools and running along the shore.

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Winter warms.

Thaw   Oils on canvas board  10 x 8 inches

The textures of a winter blanket.

Studio Musings...

An exercise in matching a painting to a frame.

This small frame was originally gold.  
It had been painted 'silver' and was sitting in my studio
looking for the right painting to take up residence.

A re-worked winter landscape fits perfectly.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

More grey.

Still Grey   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches  

East Coast memories.

Studio Musings...

Grey makes my soul sing.
I love the drama of a turbulent sky especially over the shore.

Making marks to depict a sense of place is my favourite exercise.
Painting is all about making marks.
Nothing frightening...just marks.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Loving grey.

Grey Coast  Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Weather on the east coast.

Studio Musings...

I love grey.
Weather is the mistress of grey.

The beauty of storm clouds and their colours inspire me.
I don't stand and paint them from life however,
I use my memories of studying skies to make marks on the board.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Fresh Start  Oils on gessoed 140lb paper.  9 x 12 inches

A break in the clouds promising a fine afternoon.

Studio Musings...

An abstracted study, heavily textured and gestural.
I have been working on this for several days, a little at a time.

At last I have called it finished and put it in a frame.

Monday, 11 September 2017


Autumn in August   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

Weather in August.
Rain and wind.

Studio Musings...

Sometimes it is a case of adding paint.
This painting was not going well.  I had to get assertive.

I picked up more paint and a knife.
Sculpting the oils and pushing the paint suddenly came together.

An abstracted view of the lane next to my home.
It was a rainy, windy day.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Wet Marsh  Oils on board 

As the tide turns, marsh grasses are lush and wet.

Studio Musings...

I am taking three seascapes to the Usher Gallery, Lincoln
for the Lincolnshire Artists' Society autumn show.

From 17th September to 15th October open daily 10 to 4pm.

                       'Calm'  Oils  20 x 16 inches                     'Interlude'  Oils  10 x 12 inches

'Outlook'   Oils  10 x 12 inches  

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Two's company.

Rivulets  Oils on 140lb gessoed watercolour paper  6 x 6 inches 

A little study... feet up on the easel and a large gin for company.

Studio Musings...

A night-time photograph is not the best.
Nights are pulling in so quickly and I forgot to take it earlier.

Here is another view of the painting.

Friday, 8 September 2017

New life.

Fresh green shoots   Oils on canvas board 5 x 7 inches

New growth in September.  

Studio Musings...

I enjoy making these small studies.
They are good for keeping up with skills and also useful for reference.
Larger works may emerge at a later date.

Autumn is a lovely season for me. 
 I like the mellow feeling and freshly ploughed fields.

Out walking the other day I saw fresh green shoots of corn in the sun.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


A possible study...

A view across the fields north west of Lincoln.

I prefer not to work from photographs but this might be a reference.

The colours appealed to me as they changed from warm in the foreground
 to cool on the horizon.  A good example of tone and perspective.

I could take my small paintbox and easel for an outdoor exercise.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Mossy place.

Lud's Door    Oils on gessoed paper  9 x 6.5 inches  

The entrance to 'Lud's Church'.
A natural cleft in the rocks above Gradbach
in the Staffordshire Peak District.

Studio Musings...

This painting is on gessoed watercolour paper.
I like the way traces of paint remain in the dimples when oil is scraped back.  

The piece is gestural and abstracted for a shape and form impression.

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Empty shore.

Ebb   Oils on board  11 x 8 inches

Nightfall and light falls on the water's edge.

Studio Musings...

This is a re-work.
I enjoy painting over a previous painting.
There is nothing to lose and quite often a new piece emerges.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Waking up.

Sunday Morning   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

Serene view over the estuary.  

Studio Musings...

It was a very quick study.
Straight out of my head and no time to plan.

Sometimes these studies are the succesful ones.
It might have something to do with working quickly
and loosely with no fussing or overworking.

Sunday, 3 September 2017


Wild  Oils on gessoed watercolour paper

Textured and gestural.
 Wild aspects of the coastline.

Studio Musings...

 This painting changed life several times.
Rubbed down, scraped off and nearly scrapped.

The only way out was adding more paint and getting gestural.
I think I had previously fiddled with the image too much.
It became more interesting and now I like it.


Some might question the wisdom of using watercolour paper for oils.
Especially if not protected by glazed framing.

However, I have found this a useful ground after some preparation.
I gesso each side of the paper twice to give it protection and stiffness.

The dimpled paper surface holds onto some oil when scraped back.  I like this effect.
When dry, I give the painting a coat of re-touching varnish for temporary protection.

The paper may be bonded to a support if wished.
 I use either foam board or gessoed hardboard to support the paper in the frame.

Without glass the oils can harden off and there is no reflection.
I have also learned to keep the picture in a dry place.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Glorious mud

Lush  Oils on board

Colourful mud at low tide.

Studio Musings...

This painting began as a landscape and went downhill rapidly. 
The only way out was laying on more paint and pushing it around.

I used a knife on this piece.
  Abstracted and loosely worked it came to life as a seascape.

I like the texture and fresh colours.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Settling down.

Day   Oils on board  12 x 10 inches 

Studio Musings...

This painting is finally finished.
I have been trying several framing styles this week.

At the back of a cupboard I found this hand-painted wood frame.
Now it can join the other works in my studio.

I like having them around me.
They can be a useful reference for a new piece.