Monday, 14 October 2013

dr sketchy nottingham 12/10/2013

4 quickies from dr sketchy notts on sat.  Think they were 15,10,15 and 5 mins.
Had ace fun doing them:)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

little studies

I have been going out to do plein air studies lately.  A few of these are from photos but 90% are painted from life outdoors.  Watercolour is as brutal as ever.  They are about 15-20 mins a piece and are tiny images (3x5 or smaller).  Trying to nail the broad statement and failing :)  These are such a great learning experience. I will keep going and see where they take me.

 This last one was painted just as it went dark.  I had to stop because i could no longer see my paper! The bright green is an artificially illuminated football field.

I have still been doing some digital ones too.  These are much less painful :)  Most are after other artists.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 23 August 2013


I had the pleasure of attending the Schoolism Nathan Fowkes workshop in London a few weeks back. Nathan's talk was more than inspirational.  One thing he talked about was studies.

I decided I would make a start on doing my own.  Most of these are from my own photographs although a few are from internet ref/other painters.  My focus is on getting the simple statement down so they are devoid of detail.  These have been so much fun to do.  I am also starting to get a bit of a feel for how to subtly design whilst working from ref.  It only takes a few strokes with the right direction to make a piece much more interesting to the eye.

Next week I am going plein air painting one evening to start up some traditional media ones too.