I was watching some TV about seabird colonies in Scotland and the scenes of the wild sea made me want to try some techniques I saw in a book by Nita Engle. There is no brushwork in this painting except to use them to flick paint onto the paper and a little bit to finally render the seabirds. She actually uses an applicator to squirt the paint onto the paper so that you can get regression with the waves – a degree of control  that you cant achieve by flicking.

I did a second painting – Headland – which more reflected the programme, although the headland just appeared out of the marks so I did use a bit of brushwork to bring it to prominence .


I might use some pipettes I have to mimics the spray application and gain a bit of control with the waves.  However I do love the wildness that this approach brings. So I might bore you with another one soon.

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P1020531(1)Temperature inversions on the low lying land behind Southport causes mist to hover in the morning. The fields drop because of the drainage, but the buildings and roads remain at their original height on their foundations – well most of the time – so you see buildings and roadside trees popping up  like figures in a mirage surrounded by haziness.

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P1020525(1)I joined a new group who put on exhibitions in the area as working on your own limits the things you can do, particularly if you have to man the exhibition. In that case you need others to do a few days to allow you to get on with some painting. So for the next exhibition I thought I might do a few flower paintings and here is one. The exhibition is in a vacant shop in the centre of town and the group are celebrating the life of one of their members who has recently died of cancer.

The poster is below if you want to come along.

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Working on a handmade canvas I thought that I might revert to a style I once adopted. Ironically I used more colours in this painting than in many of the watercolours I paint and it took a lot longer with all the preliminary sketches and the assessment of the marks and then there were the corrections – it fair wore me out.

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P1020504(1)With the equinox turning I thought I might ponder on things to come, well at least for us in the northern hemisphere.

Though no doubt we’ve got a few more good days to come before winter grips it’s pull.

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P1020512(1)My mobility is rather restricted at the moment so I haven’t been to any life sessions – its bad enough lugging an easel to them so the added restriction of crutches just makes me stay at home. What I thought I’d do is have a look at some of the quick 2 minute sketches and see if I could make anything of them. This is the first one I tried. It is rather plain, but I did intend a stark image – perhaps even starker – but I did like the calmness of the pose. In this one I included a hint of the face.

The original sketch is below, done without measurement, so I think the top of the arm is a little short. I might have a go at another and try a different style.


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