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For us a Child is Born - Christmas greetings from Cambridge Art Academy
This abstract painting "For us a Child is Born" in oil pastels comes with Christmas greetings from Cambridge Art Academy
Added: Thursday 22nd December 2011, 11:24:47

Smoke on the water - at Titchwell bird reserve painted in water mixable oil paint
The last of my series of blogs from Titchwell RSPB bird reserve in Norfolk UK. In this one I show a small painting on board using water mixable oil paints. I call it "Smoke on the water". Why not?
Added: Friday 9th December 2011, 5:33:59

Curlews and Sunken boats on the Norfolk coast - sketches at Titchwell bird reserve
Yesterday I was in Titchwell RSPB bird Reserve on the North Norfolk coast watching birds and sketching them with well known birding author David Chandler. Curlews and sunken boats were among the highlights I got to sketch
Added: Tuesday 6th December 2011, 10:52:14

Vegetable doodle
What can I say. It's a doodle of an imaginary vegetable.
Added: Sunday 4th December 2011, 17:20:24

17 fast sketches at Mill Road Winter Fair 2011 Cambridge UK
Mill Road in Cambridge UK is closed to traffic for one day while lots of shops spill out onto the street. Plus music and other events. I decided to do as many sketches as possible in one hour, managing 17, and filmed them with a camcorder tucked into my jacket
Added: Sunday 4th December 2011, 3:36:59

Painting central London in watercolour from Waterloo Bridge
This is a large watercolour painting looking towards Blackfriars bridge in central London viewed from Waterloo Bridge
Added: Friday 2nd December 2011, 17:58:24

Watercolour Christmas card of Darwin College Cambridge in the snow
This watercolour of Darwin College Cambridge is a fiction really. There's no snow at the moment and I adapted this from a photograph I took in the middle of summer
Added: Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 11:47:12

Dying rose painted in fifteen minutes using water mixable oil paint
A demonstration of a flower painting of a dying rose using water mixable oil paint. It shows the "cutting in" technique to produce an impressionistic effect with hard and soft edges. The total time to produce this was fifteen minutes.
Added: Monday 21st November 2011, 3:33:46

The Music lesson by Vermeer - sketch at the Fitzwilliam museum
I did this sketch in front of one of Vermeer's most famous paintings, "The Music Lesson". There was a big crowd - but nobody else with a sketchbook!
Added: Thursday 17th November 2011, 6:27:07

Painting in oil from the same window where Monet painted Rouen Cathedral
This was an amazing find. The exact first floor window in Rouen from which Monet painted his famous oil studies of the west front of the Cathedral. And I got to paint from the same spot! Awesome
Added: Saturday 5th November 2011, 10:36:22

Gouache and watercolour painting on the Costa Brava - Spain
As thoughts turn to the winter season, it's nice to remember sunnier times, and this gouache sketch done on the Costa Brava in Spain reminds me of warm beaches and long walks along the coast
Added: Tuesday 1st November 2011, 18:49:15

My old watercolor paint box
It's time to bin my old watercolor paint box. It's nearly 30 years old and is falling apart. Being made of "japanned" metal, it was expensive, but wow, it has lasted. An excellent investment.
Added: Thursday 25th August 2011, 15:45:06

Mixing oil colors to produce interesting greys, part 2
It's a good idea to get a scrap of paper from time to time and try out mixing oil colors to get different shades and hues of greys. It's like playing your scales on the piano - you know where the notes are when you come to paint for real.
Added: Monday 30th May 2011, 9:22:24

Mixing oil colors to produce greys
This is a sample of the many times I try mixing oil colors - old and new. In this case I am experimenting with two new colors - buff titanium and cobalt violet, and trying to see what makes interesting greys.
Added: Saturday 28th May 2011, 17:42:16

View across Little Wilbraham Fen, Cambridge, mixable oils on board
This small landscape painting of Little Wilbraham Fen was begun in water mixable oils on a 12"x12" board, and completed in the studio using standard oil paints. It forms part of my review of water mixable oils from Winsor and Newton. Please check out the Reviews tab for text and video
Added: Sunday 15th May 2011, 12:58:34

Preparing panels for oil paint
How to prepare panels for oil painting
Added: Saturday 14th May 2011, 3:06:18

A proper pochade painting box
At long last I have a proper pochade painting box. How have I managed so long with an old adapted box for holding pastels? This one is better in every way. Considering I do so much outdoor painting I don't know why I have not done this before now
Added: Friday 13th May 2011, 11:17:14

Testing out the Artisan range of water mixable oil paints from Winsor and Newton
I painted this view of factory buildings plein air, using water mixable oil paints for the first time. All I needed went into my pochade box, but instead of turps, just a water bottle.
Added: Friday 13th May 2011, 10:38:33

Pen sketch in Kings Street Norwich on the eve of my daughter's wedding
I have a simple formula for quick sketching. A small Moleskine notebook so the sketch is always going to be small. In this case 3"x5". A rollerball type pen, and a water soluble monochrome crayon for shading. I did this in around ten minutes.
Added: Tuesday 12th April 2011, 2:41:44

Upper Langridge church, Bath, in watercolour and gouache
I started painting this over ten years ago, and finished it recently. It's a watercolour sketch of a very old church building in the tiny village of Upper Langridge near Bath, in the UK
Added: Thursday 10th March 2011, 1:31:23


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