Tuesday 18 May 2010

Cornwall Coastline

The Cornwall coast offered some magnificent views for painting. 

The first one is off the Lands End coast. Boats provide some link outside the elements of nature which these two paintings depict. It was fun doing the water, mountains, cloudy sky and a bit of the sandy beach..

  The second one is off the peaceful village of St Agnes. Hope you like these paintings. Thanks for viewing.

Thursday 13 May 2010

On homeground!

Distant hills and coconut treeline setting up the background, green paddy fields forming the middle ground and and a lonely furrow in the foreground is an ideal subject for this portrait format! Taking the eyes into the painting and holding them there are the big shapes of the fields and their varied angles. Deliberately kept the trees taller than they should be to give that vertical contrast to the frame  when all else is horizontal! I put elements from different reference photos to create this exercise in design, without loosing the spontaneity of a simple subject. Thanks for viewing! Comments welcome!
(Half sheet Bockingford 425gms NOT surface, W&N tubes-lemon yellow, ultramarine, cobalt blue, burn umber, manganese violet, rose madder)

Friday 7 May 2010

Kyrenia, Turkish Cyprus

Kyrenia, Turkish Cyprus is a harbour town busy with tourists with an old castle on the beach. Last December we were there and it was a nice sunny day. You cannot miss the sunlight in this painting done on a half sheet of Arches NOT paper 300gms. Thanks for viewing and comments welcome as always.

Monday 3 May 2010

Church of St Leonard, seen from  the Charlacote Park, near Stratford upon Avon. 51cm x 33 cm
This was based on my photo taken last year when visiting Stratford upon Avon. The Charlacote Park, a National Trust property, is outside Stratford upon Avon and at a distance from the sprawling gardens of that property looms this beautiful church. The sky in the photo was a gloomy one which I transformed into a  dynamic one, the accidental blooming just above the Church roof adding to the liveliness. Thanks for looking and comments appreciated!