Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Two shades...

In Blue   Oils on canvas board   8 x 8 inches

An abstracted view of water in the early evening

Studio Musings...

This painting was an experiment with colour.  
Two blues...Pthalo and Cerulean
Two reds...Cadmium medium and Permanent Rose
Plus Titanium white.

It is interesting how a whole painting can emerge from a very limited palette.
I shall repeat this exercise again with other hues.

There is a sense of calm without distraction.

Monday, 30 May 2016


Shades of Grey   Oils on board  12 x 10 inches

An abstracted view of land and sea.  Full of texture but with a gentle feeling.

Studio Musings...

Brush and knife for this painting. 
 The knife to lay on thicker paint and the edge of the brush to sculpt the oils.

I like the gentle colours for the coast and estuary with marshland. 
Mud has many shades of grey...

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Day's end.

Evening Comes   Oils on board   14 x 9 inches

An abstracted land and sky study.

Studio Musings...

This is the second half of the landscape painting.  A little different to yesterday.

I used darker paint to depict a tree line with some hillside in the foreground.
There could be a track coming down hill.  The top part looks like a misty moor.

Again I used layers to add interest with a sky similar to approaching dusk.

Pure fiction.  

Saturday, 28 May 2016


Cloud Bank over Land   Oils on board  14 x 8 inches

Layers of shapes and colour.  An abstracted point of view.

Studio Musings...

This painting was inspired by another one in my studio. 
I covered one half of a landscape with paper leaving the other side visible.

There was no intention to copy, just to use the now vertical format as an idea.
The painting evolved into this land/skyscape and when I had finished I noticed there were distinct layers, like strata.  It could all be land but I think the top part resembles sky.

Pure fiction.

Friday, 27 May 2016


Coastline   Oils on board  14 x 10 inches

Ebb tide at the coast.  An abstract point of view.

Studio Musings...

The vertical format for this painting gave me a chance to explore the 'layers' of interest.
At ebb tide the water lingers in pools and small creeks reflecting light.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Hidden paths.

Whisby Walking   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Gentle walks around the lakes at Whisby Nature.  
The sun lights up the limestone pathway.

Studio Musings...

Painting summer trees and bushes.  So many greens. 
 I chose to abstract this scene and suggest them rather than try to pick out each one. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Lowering the tone.

Early Morning   Oils on stretched canvas   5 x 6 inches

An atmospheric study of the coast.  Daybreak.

Studio Musings...

Painted over a deep orange/sienna base this study glows.
Abstracted and sketched, there is simplicity here.

A deeper toned painting.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A sheltered spot.

Ebbing Tide   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches  SOLD

Tucked in by the breakwater, a sheltered place.

Studio Musings...

This little study is another re-work of a previous painting.
Just a little light and colour added to 'lift' the scene.

Here is the previous painting.

Ebb Corner

Monday, 23 May 2016

Strike a light...

Light over the East Coast   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches SOLD

An abstracted study of the coastline at ebb tide.

Studio Musings...

My favourite subject.  I think I could paint this coastline every day.
Just marks on board but full of atmosphere and emotion.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Good day for a walk.

Dune Walking   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Sun, sea, sand and a dune walk along the East Coast.

Studio Musings...

This painting is a re-work of a previous picture.  
The first one was not inspiring me so I decided to give it more punch.

I like this version...the light and shade, abstracted brush strokes and more energy.

Here is the first image...

Dune Pathway

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Not too late.

Late Light   Oils on stretched canvas   5 x 6 inches

Evening across the Nature Reserve.  Soft and gentle.

Studio Musings...

Sometimes the highlights and reflections on water are full of colour.
Lincolnshire's old sand and gravel workings provide the water, nature adds colour.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The long view.

Wold View   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Across the Wolds in early summer.

Studio Musings...

Sculpted paint with a brush...half inch...abstracted and kept simple.
No need to add a lot of detail, let the view do the work. 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Still sleeping.

Summer Sunrise   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Waking up to a new day.  The sky is warm over the cool fields.

Studio Musings...

Four in the morning and the birds are singing.
  A rare chance for me to see this dramatic sky.

There was an ethereal feeling as the fields were misty and cool.
I had a few minutes to savour these colours as the sun rose.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Up with the lark.

Sunrise in Summer   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Night clouds lift and sunrise reveals its presence.

Studio Musings...

A second seascape in technicolour.
A few bold brush strokes over a warm underpainting.

Quite abstracted and loose, no fuss.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Colour splash.

Sun and Fun   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

A Yorkshire bay.   Atmosphere and drama.

Studio Musings...

I painted this study quickly with no messing. 
 Abstracted to give the scene a sense of spontaneity.

Monday, 16 May 2016

What a muddle!

Willow Holt after Winter   Oils on canvas board   6 x 6 inches

Jumbled trees, grasses and overgrown.  A study in untidiness.

Studio Musings...

It would take a few days to sort out the muddle in this overgrown place.
Fortunately, my job is a simple one...aim to depict a sense of place.

The sense of place is a medley of soft colours, a few verticals and some horizontals.
Make a start and the work is done.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Spring comes.

Spring in the Willow Holt, Broxholme   Oils on canvas board  6 x 6 inches

A small copse in Broxholme.  Spring brings life to this overgrown place.

Studio Musings...

On a walk with my whippet I passed this small copse near the road.
When I climbed over the broken branches the pond was just visible.

A few spring flowers were at the edge adding a little Easter colour.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Wet and windy.

After a Wet Day   Oils on canvas board   6 x 6 inches

A winter walk near the river once the rain had passed.

Studio Musings...

Abstraction again.
A small study to capture something of the wetness of the occasion.

Quick, spontaneous brush strokes and a touch of violet in the distance to add depth.

Friday, 13 May 2016

All is calm.

Ebb tide after the Storm   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

Peace comes to the coast as the storm passes.

Studio musings...

A gentle atmosphere for this study of calm.
After the storm the ebb tide leaves shallow pools.
There is light on the water and the marsh grasses are no longer hidden.

Another abstracted study of how I see the world around me.
It may be pure fiction...but I hope you enjoy the story.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Wild nights.

Ebb Storm   Oils on canvas board   5 x 7 inches

Our deserted coastline in winter.  Night storm over the ebb tide.

Studio Musings...

Abstraction appeals to my artistic mind when I am sculpting the oils with a brush.
The painting journey becomes a symphony of mood and atmosphere.

There is delight when a light brush stroke depicts the surf at water's edge.
Sand and mud in the foreground are 'mushed up' to add a little warmth in this study. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wear and tear.

Broken Fence, Humberston Fitties   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

A little wear and tear after all the years of guarding this little seaside bungalow.

Studio Musings...

Humberston.  My childhood home and favourite place to
 explore was this delightful spot...Humberston Fitties. 
Little bungalows near the sea next to the sand dunes.

I would take a picnic, ride my bike to the beach and wander around the little lanes.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Lasting light...

Yorkshire Sunset   Oils on canvas board  7 x 5 inches

Last of the sun before nightfall over a Yorkshire Bay.

Studio Musings...

Changing the colour and composition of this painting considerably
 has added drama to the new scene which is really imaginary.

I notice my paintings during the last few days have been quite 'low key' tonally.
Perhaps this is inspired by the recent stormy weather which brought dark clouds.

Here is the previous painting...

Sunset Bay

Monday, 9 May 2016

Brooding skies.

Weather over the River   Oils on board  6 x 6 inches

Nature's (large) puddle is a mirror for the changing skies and new grass is growing.
Weather in spring can be very unpredictable as this painting shows but is full of colour.

Studio Musings...

I am always delighted to see the spring greens shining in the sun.
  The new grass is a bright lime yellow contrasting with the grey purple in the sky.

The painting has been updated from a previous study.
  I added the spring feeling on top of 'Autumn's Muddle'.

Here is the first painting...

Autumn's Muddle

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Spring showers and new growth.

Spring arrived this week   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

The field next to my home and spring sunshine shines on the growing crops.
Sudden showers add a dramatic sky.

Studio Musings...

I am enjoying my journey with the painting updates and here is another little study.
the old painting image below shows how the painting has changed.

Next Door...a small study painted in winter.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Here it comes.

Approaching Storm, Lincolnshire Fields   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

Here it comes...rain again.  Fabulous contrast between sky and land.

Studio Musings...

I was quite sad when my little painting 'Spring Storm, May Flowers' sold.
It was only 2 days old and I needed to see more of the strong, bold painting.

Here is another one...a re-work again.
There may be more on the horizon.

Here is the first painting...

Stallingborough Fields

Friday, 6 May 2016

All muddled up.

Garden Corner   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches  

Mess and muddle but the sun pays a visit.

Studio Musings...

A visit to another old painting.  I am really enjoying this project.
Bold strokes and quick movement is the secret.

Here is the previous painting.

Shadow Stripe