The Saltaire Studio

All at Sea

All at Sea

All at sea is basically about how I was feeling when painting this image. I couldn't quite get my palette right, and I was putting things down on the paper which didn't make sense. 

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Saltaire Arts Trail Sneak Peek

Saltaire Arts Trail Sneak Peek

Here is a sneaky peek of some of my new work which will be on show for the first time at the Saltaire Arts Trail. This is only a sample of the work so do make sure you get along to the Arts trail to see the full collection.

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New lands

New lands

In this blog I will take you through step by step how I created the painting New Lands II. I explore the use of pigment sticks and solvents to create a base layer and then build up the painting using a brayer. See how I apply white paint with a brayer to create some lovely muted colours and how I use the brayer for blending along with palette knives and fan brushes.

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Spring Mists

Spring Mists

There are all sorts of things that influence me when I'm choosing the colours I am going to work with. The influence behind this painting was the planning for one of my workshops where I was wanting to use some contrasting / warm / cold colours for people to experiment with. I was drawn to a number of already mixed greys which is quite unusual for me as I do tend to want to mix my own greys generally but these lilac / blue / greys in this painting really got my attention and have worked so well with the Senellier Chinese Orange.

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Crossing

Crossing

This piece was created recently whilst I was out in Ireland. It started off as a bit of a disaster as the place where I was staying had this gorgeous view out to sea but by mid afternoon the sun would be shining in so much that it was blinding me and making my cold wax go all a bit weird.

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Heron Island

Heron Island

So I am working on a new collection of work as I have a very busy schedule ahead of me this year and this painting just came out of my head the other day and I am really in love with it.  The palette is very different to what I've used before but I think this image has come about from a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see the Norman Ackroyd prints.

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