Painting grey without a grey is a problem. People often ask my why I use such bright colours. It’s quite simple really. When I first started creating these pictures I had 8 colours. Magenta, Process cyan, yellow, deep purple, black, white, orange and green.I use … Continue readingManchester – Painting Grey without a Grey
Back to Manchester painting the Hollings building. The Hollings building or Toast rack is a well known landmark and used to be part of the university. It’s a hard building to photograph as the angles I preferred were on the northern side, which meant they … Continue readingThe Toastrack – Latest Manchester Painting
Plein air painting requires a degree of endurance. Which was certainly required when I set up my easel here, by Beaconsfield church on a chilly Sunday lunchtime This was a test run. I’m aiming to finish a painting over a 6 hour period with a … Continue readingPlein Air Painting at Beaconsfield Church – the Results
Serendipity in art or the role of happy accidents.
Sure, you can know what you’re doing, study methods and plan meticulously. You can control the paint to within an inch of it’s life. You can be skilled enough to make the paintings seem lively, but too much control can often lead to lifeless work.
Watercolour, more than any 2 D medium is often transported by painting accidents. … Continue readingSerendipity in Art
A painting emerging from chaos it’s a magical moment in the progress of any artwork. With my paintings it’s the final step in the creative process, where the dramatic transformation takes place. You can see that moment happen later on. Yes, last week I promised … Continue readingCrossley Engine Painting emerging from chaos.
Some transport of a different style this week The Wedding Bus! After Last week’s bike post, I’m scaling things up. Curiously, this picture wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t spotted last weeks subject matter. In October I was wandering around looking for inspiration. Leaving the … Continue readingThe London Wedding Bus – Transport Class