Friday, 29 March 2013

'The Artist' Has Arrived!

Here are a couple of pages from my first article to appear in 'The Artist' magazine. Its great to see myself in a publication that I have been reading for many years.
My local art shop, Youdells, is going to be displaying the final painting 'Pool Side' and my 'Lemons on China Blue' alongside the article from the end of next week. So if you are in or around Kendal during April do go along and have a look.




Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Artist Magazine Article

I am impatiently waiting for my copies of the May issue of The Artist to drop through my letterbox. Released on March 28th this issue has my tutorial article based around a painting which evolved from creative time spent next to the pool at Arte Umbria last September. There is a step-by-step demo alongside a little bit about my own working practice and approach to creating a painting. I hope you will find it engaging and interesting.
Here is an early sketch made on location. I brought together a combination of sketches for the final watercolour painting...




Here is my official portrait taken especially for the magazine.
Thanks go to Victoria Sedgewick for her patience waiting for a flattering shot!







Thursday, 21 March 2013

Off to Lancaster...

I will be holding a mixed media workshop tomorrow with the Lancaster Art Society and today have been been working on a piece based on the estuary series that seems to be evolving at the moment. I have also done a digital 'cut out' of it which may spark another investigation... The painting shown here started life as a demo in Keswick. The digital piece reminds me of the enamel paintings that develop from the tracings made by the artist Ingrid Calame whose work I was fortunate enough to see at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

I shall add another little piece that came out of a sketch I made in the warm (yes warm!) sunshine this morning looking over the fields to Morecambe Bay.




Friday, 15 March 2013

A Trip to Grange and District Art Society...

I had another enjoyable trip out yesterday extolling the virtues of Brusho inks. I had just bought some fabulous looking Amalfi lemons from Booths and they made a zesty subject. Here they are photographed (and digitally manipulated) on top of a piece of Bluebellgray floral fabric that I had bought that morning in Lancaster ...



Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Finished Painting...

I have enjoyed using really saturated pinks and reds today as I tried to capture the intensity of the colour from the art bar and tissue collage studies ...





Sunday, 10 March 2013

Playing in Photoshop...

Working from an Art Bar drawing and a collage I have been playing in photoshop  - I like the idea of breaking the subject down into shape and colour as Ivon Hitchens did with his paintings. I am now going to continue exploring this theme and make some paintings from these digital files in various media...







                                                                    Ivon Hitchens "Two Poppies on a Blue Table"

Friday, 8 March 2013

Fun with Brusho's in Bolton Le Sands...

I spent an afternoon this week with the Art Society in Bolton Le Sands as we got to grips with the intense colours and character of Brusho Inks working with a landscape theme.
I had some time in the studio myself this week combining the inks with quink and bleach, working from my photos of Morecambe Bay.  I hope you like the results...
The bottom painting here is my interpretation of a painting by Johan Meeske. I love his intense colours, lines and shapes which make such a strong and vibrant combination.



Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Keswick Society of Art Workshop

I had an enjoyable day up in Keswick this weekend exploring the potential of mixed media landscapes.
There should be a rush on supplies of 'Quink' as everyone agreed that it made wonderful effects mixed with the watercolour. They are hopefully inspired to continue experimenting this week and being surrounded by the most wonderful mountainous landscape up in North Cumbria there should be no shortage of subjects. I look forward to returning there next month for another session...