A WALK IN THE COUNTRY – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

I wasnt going to post, but this morning I worked up a sketch from a walk we went on yesterday. We explored Beacon Hill country park in the hills above Skelmersdale and in the distance, over to the Wirrel, the steam coming out of the cooling towers of Fiddlers Ferry power station caught the afternoon sun and attracted my attention.

The power station is coal fired and is due for decommission, so this sight will soon be a thing of the past.

AND MAY I WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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ACROSS THE VALLEY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

The view is across the Leven valley in Yorkshire looking over to the Clevland hills. Climbing the hill to Captain Cook’s monument above the hamlet of Great Ayton where Cook was schooled.

I was struck by the patchwork of the fields stretching away into the blueness of the distant hills.

Perhaps the middle ground fields could have been a tone or two darker, but I needed to establish some recession against the foreground.

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DOG WALKING 2 – ACRYLIC PAINTING

Back in July last year I was sitting in a gallery, doing my stint;  looking after the shop and trying to sell some paintings. It can be pretty slow around here,  so I set up my easel and started painting the picture below. It was based on  photos I had taken on a day walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

I used acrylics and square brushes and painted it during the day.

I was quite pleased with the result. I felt that the subject matter suited the style of painting. Unfortunately the punters dont agree. The painting stayed at my side, despite many attempts to shake it off. So the other day I decided to change the subject matter around and have the people walking towards me.

The actions of a desperate man . …

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TO SIT AND STARE – ACRYLIC PAINTING

I wanted to try a block approach for an upcoming demo and selected a subject of a couple sat in Green Park with Buckingham Palace and the crowds in the background. I set about transporting them over the hills and far away to somewhere more rustic. Call it a feel-good picture: a paean for the past summer. As I worked away at it it reminded me of those old railway posters they used to have. Maybe they could use it for HS2 if it ever restarts – I wouldnt charge them much…

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NATURE’S RETURN – PASTEL PAINTING

Another one from the Cotswolds. I liked the sculptured, majestic quality of the Yarrow growing tall between the dewy pathways and the tumbling walls. It seemed nature was reclaiming what it had lost.

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CALMING GREEN – PASTEL PAINTING

Some say green is a soothing colour and, like everything in art, others differ. Well this view had a calming effect on me – though, perhaps it was the subject not the hue. I originally did this in watercolour, sitting on a wall in the Cotswolds early one morning and posted it in Two More From the Cotswolds a few weeks ago. This time I wanted to focus on the tracks made by the tractor which I omitted originally.

Time to go for a lie down…

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COTSWOLD VIEWS – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

With having our own visitors and visiting others, things have been busy of late. We are with friends in the Cotswolds and this morning I got up early and ventured into the fields to do some painting.

It was a dullish morning and generally I would turn over and go back to sleep, but I needed some paintings and it was a new place to explore – so I gave it a try.

Without sun, objects were a bit flat and washes took ages to dry. But despite the problems I wasnt too displeased with the results and came home with wet feet to a well earned breakfast. I can relax for the rest of the day.

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