Sunday, 2 December 2012

venice 2012

Just got back form a fantastic week painting with friends in Venice. Like last year we rented Ken Howards studio in Cannaregio and myself , Chris Daynes, David Bachmann and Stuart Fullerton all had to put up with each others snoring. Although not an orgamnised trip there were also several other painting friends there at the same time, including Mike Richardson, Roy Connelly, David Pilgrim, Tim King, Haidee jo Summers, Valerie Pirlot, Sidney Foley and Eric?

We had really mixed weather, aqua alta, rain, a tiny bit of sun and the fog. Thefog was my absolute favourite and although difficult to paint provided us with a great atmosphere.
I did over 30 paintings/oil sketches and half filled a moleskin with sketches.. unfortunately I lost this on the trip back which was really annoying.

Next trip India in Feb..yippee..more to follow but will be in illustrious company!

Below are a few of my efforts..

grand canal from acadamia bridge 12 x 16

dusk venice 8 x 6

hospitale, afternoon sun 12 x 12
fish market study 8 x 6

winter venice 16 x212

aqua alta basilica 12 x 12
rialto 8pm 6 x 8

venetian boats 6 x 8
morning fog  10 x 8

Monday, 1 October 2012

First post for almost a year!

Well its been almost a year since I last idea where the time has gone. Ive been busy and had some great painting trips, not least going to Santorini with Ken Howard RA in May. That said I havent done any where near as much work as Id have liked . Had 4 days in Norfolk last week which was great and probably the most productive Ive been all year. It was an almost perfect trip apart from 1 wet day and the fact they I fell out with a good painter friend of mine without knowing how? strange sometimes.Ill try and post more regularly and keep this more up todate. Below Ive attached a few of the 24 plein air sketches I did in Norfolk.Lots  and lots of boats..but thats Norfolk! A couple of these pictures are among those that I have on exhibition at The Plein Air Brotherhoods second show at A K Wilson Gallery starting today. Link to show as follows;

7am Burnham overy Staith 6 x 8
8am Burnham Overy Staith 6 x 8

Afternoon light, Blakeney 12 x 16
At Rest 10 x 8...available for sale at A K WILSON GALLERY
Distant Mist Blakeney Point..painted in rain inside NT lookout hut
Blue boat study 6x8
Tethered together 6 x 8
boat study 8 x 16
Ebb Tide Burnham Overy 12 x 16

Afternoon, Burnham Overy Staithes 12 x 16

last light Brancaster 6 x 8

early morning Burnham Overy 6 x 18

heading out Blakeney 6 x 10

setting sail 4 x 4 smallest quickest oil sketch Ive ever done!

Sun down Brancaster 6 x 8