Monday, 25 October 2010

Trees, rushing water and an apology.

Firstly, to my fellow bloggers, an apology. I haven't had a great amount of free time of late and that hasn't only impacted on my time for painting and drawing, but has seriously affected my ability to get round all the blogs I like to follow. I have selfishly found a few moments here and there to post an old picture or two to my blog, just to try and keep things 'ticking over', but not the time for reading other blogs as much as I would like.

Thankfully that is changing now. I managed to get away for a nice break last week and my ever-tollerant wife (bless her heart) made sure I had plenty of time for my art. Though I could have painted all week long, I tried not to take too much advantage of her thoughfulness, but I did manage a few hours every day, hence the recent postings of the Coal Mine and Sherwood Forest.

Here is another watercolour I did last week. I confess to 'fiddling' with this one a lot as I just couldn't get the trees right - I'm just no good at trees. The subject is called "The Strid" and it is where the normally calm flowing River Whare in Yorkshire funnels through a narrow channel carved in the rocks.
My other big passion is photography and I took plenty of photo's on holiday, especially when we visited the zoo, so don't be surprised to see a few animal photo's posted in the near future.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Coal Mine - take 2

I enjoyed doing the pen & wash of the Coal Mine so much that I was just bursting to do it again. I've always been a huge fan of water-soluble ink. I enjoy the challenge of sketching with pen, which is so unforgiving, and I get a buzz when I take a brush full of clean water and make that ink run. I decided the soluble ink medium would be just right for this scene and I have to say that I like the result more than the coloured version.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Coal Mine

When in Yorkshire a couple of years ago I visited the National Coal Mining Museum. It was a fabulous day out and I can highly recommend it if you're in the area. As usual, I wandered around with my camera glued to the front of my face and took the usual scores of photo's. In particular I was looking for a scene that adequately summed up the colliery and that would make a nice painting. Of all the photo's I took AT the mine, the view I like the best is this one taken just after we'd left.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Sherwood Forest

To celebrate her 60th birthday, I recently took my wife away to a luxury hotel in Sherwood Forest. To share her weekend, and to make it even more special, my daughter and son-in-law were able to join us. Obviously we had to visit the Great Oak where Robin Hood and his merry men were reputed to hide, and though we'd had a wet start to the day, the sun came out for us just at the right time. We took an unhurried stroll through the forest on the way to the Oak, and the view I had of my daughter and husband walking arm-in-arm just had to be the subject of a painting.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Canal Cottages

I haven't had a lot of time for art just lately and I'm itching to get some quality time to get started on that dog portrait. Actually, quality time to get started on anything would be good. In the meantime, here's a small sketch using one of my favourite mediums (media? ). This was made with water soluble pen and a wet brush. The brush was one of those "aquabrush" refillable brushes - perfect for use outdoors. One mistake I may have made is with that door on the right hand side. It is so crooked that it grabs the eye and looks all wrong. The door really is like that, but this may be one of those times when artistic licence should have been used to make it more regular and therefore less obvious. We live and learn. ;-)