NEWS: New Paintings in production

Having returned from my trip last month (February 2017) to The Lake District and shores of Northern Scotland, I am now back in the studio and working on a number of new large paintings. I shall update these as I go, but here's a link to the current works.

This next batch of works picks up from my last, as I continue to refine my three different techniques relating to the background, midground and foreground. The aim is to create such a sense of depth within the landscapes, that they have a sense of pulling you in.

If you are already familiar with my work, you will know that I aim for my paintings to appear photorealistic at a distance and yet verging on abstract when you get closer. With this next set of works, I will be consciously trying to give thee paintings a more 3D quality, by using more texture in the foreground.

I recently ventured over to The Supreme Paint Company where I found and bought some Rublev impasto medium and impasto putty, which I am itching to get my hands on! The putty I am especially excited about trying, as it will enable me to sculpt the paint, rather than simply applying it.

TRIP: Best photograph from my Scotland Trip.

Having sat down and started to run through some of the photographs from my trip to The Lakes and North Scotland, I came across this picture...

(Click to enlarge)

This is one of those pictures where a detail that you neither aimed to capture, or indeed realised you'd captured, changes the whole character of the photograph. Imagine my suprise.

This will always make me chuckle...

TRIP: The Lakes & Scotland Trip.

The Lakes Project was intended to be two weeks of en plein air painting in the beautiful county of Cumbria. Unfortunately, it was brought to a standstill by the arrival of Storm Doris, bringing with it a storm warning and predictions of 60mph winds, driving rain and snow and ice on high ground.

Several years ago I had watched a film called 'The Eagle', which followed the journey of a young roman officer up to north shores of Scotland to retrieve the standard of his father's legion. The terrain in the film had left and impression on me and had sowed the seeds of curiosity.

After two days of waiting for the bad weather to pass, I reach the limit of my patience and took the decision to head north to Scotland. I had spent a great deal of time in my childhood on the west coast, but had never been further north than Kinlochewe. This was an opportunity I wasn't going to pass, especially as this was an opporunity to accumulate a series of photographs that I could paint on my return to the studio.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland.

Winter in the highlands can be stunning and made all the more enjoyable by the absence of the midges. Each bend in the road holds the promise of yet another incredible view, and the further north you go, the more remote and wilder the landscapes becomes.

One of the greatest impressions it left me with was how different the light became the further north you headed and I hope that I'm able to capture it in the work I produce on my return.

The whole trip took several weeks and gave me a valuable insight into the diversity of Scottish terrain. I plan to return next winter, and when I do, I'll be more prepared and know exactly where I want to go.


Click HERE to see a gallery of panoramic photos from the trip.

TRIP: Afternoon at Lulworth Cove.

The light last weekend down here in Dorset, was pretty spectacular.

Having spent the last few weeks on the road participating in exhibitions and shows, I feel very glad to be out of the city and back in the expansive arms of the countryside!

I've been wanting to paint some more seascapes for a while now (well, ever since painting 'Spring Tide'' really) so over the weekend I made several trips down to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, sketching and photographing the epic closing of a day. Clear, still, winter air, with waves of warmth from the last of the sun.

The trips have yielded a handful of images that will hopefully make their way to becoming a painting.

Enjoy the photos.