Sunday 27 January 2013
On our way home from West Cornwall, I suggested a small diversion onto Bodmin Moor. It was a gloriously sunny day, and I was keen to snap a moorland scene for reference purposes. And my husband was quite keen on a pasty break (it was lunchtime, and he is, indeed, a true Cornishman).
Wednesday 23 January 2013
poppies in a similar location.
Monday 21 January 2013
Wollaton Park in Nottingham has a lake. The lake was well lit and well stocked with seagulls the last time I was there, in November. It made a pleasing image, almost an abstract one.
Can you spot the duck?
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm
19 January 2013
Friday 18 January 2013
There are a lot of heavily wooded areas near where I work. One sunny lunch hour last November, I took my camera for a walk in the woods; this is based on the photographs I took that day.
It's painted on another clear-gessoed linen canvas; the natural linen peeps through here and there, and the edges are deliberately unfinished.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm
Towards the end of the poppy season, we took an evening stroll up on the local hills, and encountered poppies growing in front of a large pile of logs.
Thursday 17 January 2013
Friday 11 January 2013
This was based on another drive-by shooting of the photographic kind; we often pass these windmills, and I've long desired to grab an image of them. I managed it on New Year's Day, this year.
Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.
Thursday 10 January 2013
Monday 7 January 2013
This is another scene from Portreath on the 30th of December. It's a open-ended cave in the cliffs that I painted on Thursday; we all trooped through it and then looped back around the end of the cliffs. There was a very nice rock just the other side - more, no doubt, of that later.
The fellow you can see here was not so lucky as us. He got caught out by the waves; there he was, standing on rock, keeping his feet dry and waiting for the tide to recede when I started waving my camera around. I thought he looked rather picturesque - romantic, almost (in a Walter Scott sort of way, rather than a Barbara Cartland sort of way).
Oil on box canvas (edges painted plain Paynes Grey in acrylic), 30 x 30 cm
06 January 2013
Edit: I managed to get a daylit photograph this afternoon (10 January 2013), so I've replaced the photograph taken under artificial light.
Saturday 5 January 2013
This is based on a chance-taken photograph from the A303.
We were in a car. It was moving. I was not driving. I caught sight of this striking hill and - because my camera just happened to be in my hand - snapped a shot through the car window. Amazingly, it was in focus. Even more amazingly, the picture included the intended subject.
This procedure very rarely works.
I'm glad it did this time, because the scene has lots of things I like in it. A hill. Trees on the skyline. An interesting sky. And, from the name, which I didn't know at the time, the hint of prehistoric activity.
Palette: Phthalo Blue, Rose Madder, Lemon Yellow, Titanium White.
Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
Thursday 3 January 2013
Gull Rock is off the beach at Portreath, Cornwall. This painting is based on photographs that I took there on Sunday, when the weather was mostly dry and the sea (the Atlantic) was entirely rough. Every now and then, there was a hint of sunlight - not enough to brighten the sky, but enough to brighten the colours of the land and sea a little.
Oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm