We only went for a few days to Dieppe, mainly to pick up some cider and salad dressing and allow for my wife to use a bit of the French she has been working on all year long. This sketch was done by a small village stream whilst we rested during a walk we did, picking up a grande randonee (long distance walking track) out of Dieppe. We didn’t have a map so it we didn’t know where it was going. I had hoped it would take us along the cliff-tops, but it veered off into the country and took us here instead.
As the wife went to the market I took a few minutes on the beach, as the mist started to come in. Just enough time to get the distant cliffs before they disappeared.
We have taken a trip down south and I have had some time to do a bit of sketching. This one is from the cliffs at Entretat in Normandy, France. The one below, and less successful, is from the other side of the channel near Beachy Head, close to Eastbourne in Sussex, done a couple of days before. I just like the juxtaposition of the two sketches and the fact that despite the fifty or so miles of sea in between, the topography is identical.
Another painting done whilst on gallery duty on Thursday. It was from a walk I did last Tuesday in an area north of Settle in god’s own county of Yorkshire. We were returning to Settle along the River Ribble when we had to do a detour as the landowner didnt like the riff-raff on their land and we walked along a country lane to the wall in front of the farm ahead and then through the gap in the wall by the barn on the left and then onwards beside the river again. I liked the way the walls and road curved ahead to reveal the farm and way forward.
This was a painting I almost completed whilst I did my stint at an exhibition of works by a small group of painters I recently joined. So far I’ve done ok selling four, five if you include the one I donated for the hospice that they are collecting for.
This was from an amalgam of an advert I saw and some of my own photos. I did like the light on the glasses and subjects, but I am not too excited by the end result.
In my effort to build up a few more flower paintings I decided to have a go at the gladioli I planted in one of my flower borders . There may be a bit too much red, but I was trying to get a hot border with lots of reds and oranges so this looks like a military parade.
It’s not that I’ve been idle of late. I actually have two paintings on the go and painted a birthday card as well, but all I have to show is todays painting from the life session -very similar to the last one but the sex is different in case you hadn’t noticed..
Well, back to the Liver Sketching Club last Saturday. They have a great studio on the seventh floor with a window the full length of one wall. This allows for great tonal contrasts. Pity that the owner is selling to a developer and they will have to vacate shortly.
I don’t have much of a selection of paintings to show as I started on another version of the camellias, I put up the last time. Here is the result. I think that that is enough.
I had the good fortune to sell a floral painting the other day at an exhibition I am in but I felt I didnt have a good enough replacement, so I tried modifying a couple that I had with mixed results. In the end I put the phlox up on the wall. I may have another go at the camelias. It’s always the same when you are working up to the wire.
I have been doing a lot of walking as part of my recuperation from a hip operation. This means looking into gardens as I slowly pass by. On one occasion I saw a great view through a gate into a sunlit back garden and wondered whether I could make some kind of painting from it . I then realised I needed a point of interest for the view, but when I decided on a slumbering subject I realised that perhaps a fence and a gate didn’t make for a very interesting foreground. So I opened up the foreground and put some peonies and catnip there instead. So the painting bears absolutely no resemblance to what I saw – except perhaps a sunlit lawn – it has just been built up out of necessity. Well, it amuses me anyway.