Wednesday, 24 March 2010

24t March 2010

Well had the day off work today. Was going to paint alone but had the pleasure to paint with my friend Rowan Crew, which was great. We ended up going to Hastings before heading back to Rye and had a very enjoyable day! Was realtively happy with a couple and should have left it there. I will post all 4 but the last was a very lacklustre effort at the end of the day where I just experimented with using much thicker paint than normal and got in a mess :-) Next trip Stow on Wold on Saturday!

Hastings Boats 12 x 16

Yacht Rock Channel 6 x 8 over old painting

6 x 8 towards Rye Harbour

Awful Mess:-)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

23rd March

Well its been too long since I posted. So much for my painting a day! Not been very good and its proved impossible to do something everyday and run my life and business. I think when the nights draw out next week Ill have more of a chance to keep on track. I have been out a few times over te last few days and will post some of the results below. Not pleased with anything Ive done of late, but thats how it goes. Still enjoying painting but struggling with it at the moment.
On Sunday I joined some friends on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea and had access to the house boats to paint. A very kind lady that lived opposite also showed us her house which belonged to SIr Phillip Wilson Steer! She also opened a bottle of 1972 port for us and told us not to tell her husband:-) Got tomorrow of work and will paint all day somewhere ..cant wait!

House boats at Cheyne Walk Chelsea 12 x 16

Lots Road Power station  from Cheyne Walk 8 x 10

Pochade box study Camber 8 x 10

15min study at Carshalton pond whilst waiting for John Stillman!

Hopefully I will paint better tomorrow!

Friday, 12 March 2010

day 71

Well again a few days of no posting , but in fairness I havent been at home. Have had most of the week off painting in London with friends and went to the private view of RBA Show at Mall Galleries where myself and my friends Paul Rafferty and Roy Connelly all had work. I was suprised to win the Red Rag Award which is great news as the Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold has now offered to show my work.
Didnt do a huge amount of painting and what I did was only average, but some really challenging subjects!

Wittersham Road Station 6 x 8

Hammersmith Bridge 8 x 10

Camber 10 x 20

Picadilly Gallery 8 x 10

Early Evening in the traffic Island outside Harrods

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Day 66

Well its been a while. My painting a day plan has definately gone out of the window. Running a busy business and having a family have made it impossible for me to keep to my self imposed schedule. I did have every good intention and am frustrated to say te least that I havent managed to find time each day. Last week was crazy at work and although I took my box every day I got nothing done. This weekend was beautiful but I had visitors all weekend and only managed to get out for a couple of hours this afternoon. Had a great time and really enjoyed my much neede `fix` although painted quite badly. I joined Chris Daynes at my friend Steve Duffys House in Udimore.He has what must be some of the finest views in East Sussex from his elevated position.My god it was cold and windy though . Within 10 minutes of starting I couldnt feel my finger tips or toes. I should have joined Chris in the comfort of my van with a pochade box. This is one painting that I might touch up abit as the paint was just so sticky I couldnt do any more. Anyway Monday tomorrow and Im going to attempt to start doing something every day again!

Towards the sea from Watlands Farm, Udiimore  12 x 16 oil on board