I’m heading North…

So I started off the week adding to the God’s Own series but you may have noticed that my last painting has crossed the Yorkshire / Lancashire border and I’m swiftly moving into the Lakes and Scotland…. Love Yorkshire but you can guarantee that I’ll always end up in Scotland.

I’m now into my last four days of painting before I head back to the day job but I’ll be heading back there feeling like I’ve really used my 10 days off work productively.  My studio is now filling up with paintings and although they won’t be around for long before they go off to galleries and exhibitions I am really enjoying being surrounded by paintings rather than dreary blank whitewashed walls.

Clouds of doom and a helping hand

So this week of painting has got off to a cracking start and being true to form I’m painting the British weather at it’s best… yup the clouds of doom are back.  I have been informed that the images I’ve been using do actually have some sunshine in there bouncing off the clouds but can’t see it myself.

So I’m really pleased with how quickly I’ve got back into the rhythm of painting and I’m finding it incredibly rewarding if not a little hard on the feet.  Another 7 days worth of painting still left and you never know I may actually make a dent in all those canvases I prepped.

 

 

A 10 day stint

Optimistic

I have 10 whole days of painting and day one was spent preparing images and canvases ready for the marathon… I may have been a little optimistic with regards to how many paintings I’ll finish before I return to work but it’s always best to be prepared.

Oh and welcome to my studio… which I have to say is looking a little shabby here.  Never noticed how many paint splashes I’d left on the stone floor.  Wait until you see the ceiling!

What’s in the gallery today…

Well this post was going to be all about the latest paintings from the God’s Own series  now available from The Old Grammar School Gallery…. however three of the paintings have already gone and now there are only two left at TOGS.  Here today, gone tomorrow…. !

The end of a series?

Last week the only painting I had left from my Cuba series sold.  I wasn’t quite sure whether I was happy or sad about this.  On the one hand I was pleased that the last painting had found a home, and on the other I was really sad that I no longer had any of the originals in the house to remind me of the fabulous holiday we had exploring Cuba.  This series of paintings is quite different from any of my others, not just because of the subject matter, but the colours in the paintings which reflected a warm Caribbean / Mediterranean light as opposed to the usual soggy, stormy British light.

Still I am pleased that Havana yellow has now found a lovely new home not too far away from Saltaire.  And who’s to say that this is the end of the series…. I may one day sit down and complete this painting and keep it for me and Nick to enjoy!

Unfinished Cuba

…and Burdall went to Skinningrove: revisiting 7 days of painting

Last year I spent seven solid back to back days painting from a photograph of Skinningrove by Ian Burdall.  As this painting has recently been sold I thought I would take the opportunity of revisiting the progress of this painting’s development.

From the start I thought that the usual size of landscape canvas wasn’t going to do it justice so when I found myself with 7 whole days of potential back to back painting I knew that was my opportunity to work on something really big…. and big it was, a whopping 122 x 153 cms.

and Burdall went to Skinningrove at TOGS gallery

and Burdall went to Skinningrove at TOGS gallery

At the end of each day I posted a snapshot of how the painting progressed which had a great response from friends and family… lots of encouragement, especially from the Burdalls, when painting was becoming back breaking and at times frustrating.

It is very unusual for me to paint from a photograph which isn’t one I’ve taken myself or at least been present when the photograph was taken.  So after spending 7 days back to back working on a painting of a place that I’d never visited the only thing I could do was go there with the Burdalls to check it out… any excuse to go to the seaside especially if there’s a chance of some fish and chips! Note how calm the sea is in the photo below!

A day at the seaside!

A day at the seaside!

Well that weekend not only involved the consumption of many bags of chips (and beer of course!) but also resulted in many photographs for further paintings, such as this one of Skinningrove which is the view looking back towards land and more importantly includes the wiggly road and pigeon sheds… oh yes and a caravan!

Skinningrove

Skinningrove

“And Burdall went to Skinningrove” is my favourite painting and I am sad to see it go.  However, I know there will be many more paintings to follow which I will happily share with you, both in terms of the high points as well as the low points and in particular the various stages of cursing that I generally go through with each challenging painting!

Should the lovely new owners of this painting read this blog then do send me a photo of it hanging in its new home… we’re all keen to see where it lives now.

Not quite cupid…

Handful of cards

So February is the month where the card industry tempts us into buying more stuff we never really need… so what are we doing? Well we’re giving cards away. Yup you heard, free cards!

So on February 14 another lucky person’s name will be drawn from the “Good Luck Fairy” (the new random number generator!)… and will receive a selection of 5 of my greetings cards.

To qualify you just need to like or comment on this post on my Facebook page. So get sharing and liking with friends….