Sunset serenity original painting | November 2018
During the last month or so, I’ve continued to paint the sunset, including a number of more colourful watercolour paintings based on the reds, oranges and yellows of the low sun as it vanishes beyond the horizon.
My latest painting is Sunset serenity, reflecting the intensity of light as the sun crosses over the horizon of the sea.
You can imagine the actions of nature, with the shifting broken clouds and the natural rhythms and actions of the sea. One of the beautiful things you sometimes see during sunset or sunrise is the emerging of a wide spectrum of colours.
With this painting, I've suggested cooler shades of pink which transform into yellows and then the fiery yellow and oranges of an intense sun passing under the horizon.
You can view more details in the gallery about Sunset serenity.
Twilight out to sea watercolour painting | October 2018
As we move further into Autumn, the low light and shorter days bring us some dramatic sunrises and sunsets more. Looking out of the kitchen window recently, I’ve seen some beautiful displays of pink, red and yellows flooding the sky as the sun sets.
I’ve also turned to exploring the light of sunset in my latest watercolour Twilight out to sea. This painting, which I featured in one of my email newsletters, is based on atmospheric views out to sea at sunset, from the sands at St Annes-on-sea.
I am currently working on a small series of sunset watercolour paintings and will be using some new paper I’ve never tried before from the Royal Watercolour Society.
I hope your Autumn is going well and if there is any information or questions you have about my art please feel free to get in touch.
Skies over Lindisfarne oil painting | October 2018
Over the last month or so, I’ve been working on a series of new beach paintings and in particular a new oil painting titled, Skies over Lindisfarne.
With Skies over Lindisfarne, I've continued to explore the movement, dynamism and light of nature's elements as they change over time.
I've used texture and speed of semi-abstract brushmarks to show nature's dynamism in the skies over the sea - it's complex movement of air and the changing light sculpting it's forms.
You can also see I've also chosen semi-abstract contrasting colours. With airy blues and violets working against soft pinks and browns.
The painting feels contemporary and minimal, suggesting universal motion and beautiful sunlight over the sea.
Skies over Lindisfarne oil painting is now showing in the gallery.
New sunset watercolour paintings | September 2018
Through September, I’ve been working on a new series of watercolours, celebrating the atmosphere and beauty of sunset over the seashore.
This new collection of work expresses the light and natural movement over the coast during sunset.
The paintings use a subdued and natural palette of colours, some beautifully soft tones and subtle textures which come with using watercolour as a medium.
The sunlit tide watercolour painting | August 2018
Over the last few weeks, I’ve turned my attentions back to painting watercolours. My latest original artwork is The sunlit tide, where I’ve aimed to paint the soft colours and light of sunset over the sea.
It is strikingly beautiful at sunset on the sands. You see the different movements of water in the sea, the shimmering horizon, the slowly shifting waters and the washing of waves over the sand.
You can see this new painting in the gallery here. If you’d like to talk to me about this new artwork, you are welcome to e-mail me at .
Over calm waters oil painting | July 2018
As the warm summer continues, I’ve been busy creating oil painting Over calm waters. It is a continuation of my current series of abstract oil paintings exploring light and movement over the seashore.
I’ve expanded the number of blue colours I use and introduced more yellows into the painting too, creating a bright, fresh palette for a summer painting of the seashore.
Over calm waters oil painting is now available in the gallery.
Through the warm summer month of July, I’ve again turned my attention to watercolour paintings of the sea, with Sunset by the shore, St Annes-on-sea being my latest artwork.
This painting uses more natural, softer colours and shows the busy build up of clouds against the yellowing light of the setting sun. Light stretches over the shore and the horizon, making sparkling areas over the sea.
You can see Sunset by the shore, St Annes-on-sea in the gallery and if you'd like to know more about this artwork, please get in touch.
Breaking waves at sunset watercolour painting | June 2018
Through June, I’ve been exploring the light, movement and atmosphere of the coast through a series of watercolour paintings.
Breaking waves at sunset is my latest addition. I’ve used some cooler reds and yellows of sunset, I’ve also explored some of the beautiful paint textures that can appear when you use smooth paper.
I’ve tried to keep Breaking waves at sunset as fresh and alive as possible. Showing the wonderful quality of light as the waves land on the shore and the coast is bathed in the ethereal colours of sunset.
You can see this new painting in the gallery. If you’d like to talk to me directly about this new artwork, you are welcome to e-mail me at .
Oil painting Open seas, Lindisfarne | May 2018
Through the beginning of May, I’ve been revisiting the coast near Lindisfarne in Northumberland with its broad shoreline and open skies. With the Spring-like sunnier weather, mixed with a cool breeze, I found changeable skies and light conditions over the seashore.
The painting reflects the natural dynamism and energy found at the seashore. The strong breeze morphes clouds into and around one another over the wide open seas. And the soft sunlight masked by higher cloud waxes and wanes over the seashore.
It explores natural dynamism through space using semi-abstract brushstrokes with numerous layers of rich oils. I’ve sought to develop immediacy and a sense of nature in action within the painting.
Strong planes of heavily pressed brushstrokes co-exist with soft, graduated tones and areas of unique texture. Representing the quiet as well as the swiftly changing parts of the seascape.
The colours range from warm creams and pale yellows and orange through to cerulean blue, ultramarine and purple mixes. I’ve also used a lead white alternative by Michael Harding, replicating the original paint very well with its dense, beautifully rich qualities. The canvas I’ve chosen is Belle Arti’s best oil primed linen, which provides a wonderfully stable, oil based foundation for the painting.
You can see more about Open seas, Lindisfarne oil painting in the gallery. If you’d like to talk to me directly about this new artwork, you are welcome to e-mail me at .
Into the blue oil painting | April 2018
I’ve been at the easel during April, creating a new oil painting called Into the blue. Having enjoyed a few excursions to the Northumberland coast, the sea has featured foremost in my mind when it comes to new paintings.
The painting reflects the play of light, the colours and movement over the coast. The blue of the sunlit sea is a beautiful mixture of cerulean blues with French ultramarine.
Linear textured brushstrokes describe the sunlit horizon with its beautiful subtle tones where the sea meets the sky.
Lively movement and depth in the sky is explored through layers of textured angular brushstrokes, with interesting mixtures of pinks, light yellows, greys towards pure cerulean blue.
Into the blue uses professional oils made by Williamsburg and Michael Harding on an artist canvas of a traditional depth of 2 cm.
If you’d like to see more details of this oil painting, please view Into the blue in the gallery.
Watercolours and the sunset | March 2018
Into March now and with patches of snow still around up here, we are still waiting for signs of the warmer Spring-like weather. I am continuing to explore the beauty of sunset over the sea with a number of smaller sized watercolours. You can see the latest paintings in the watercolour paintings section of the gallery.
The paintings reflect the winter light, its intensity and the contrasts between the sky and the shore. The quality of light and the marvellous colours which emerge during sunset are a challenge to create, especially with the unpredictable and fast-moving medium of watercolour.
The artwork is based on atmospheric views at Lytham St Annes beach in Lancashire, in particular from the flat open shore at St Annes-on-sea, with its impressive skies. A familiar place and subject for me but I always enjoyed painting what I’ve seen and remembered there.
It can be surprisingly beautiful and peaceful when you are there, absorbed in watching the sun sink into the sea.
Light before rain | February 2018
As the cold weather continues into February, the landscape has felt very wintery. One thing that I love about this time of year are the skies, with the winter sun creating wonderful light. Here in the north, by the Cheviot hills, I've been out looking in the winter landscape and have created two new original paintings from these experiences.
The latest of which is Light before rain. As you can see, it is semi-abstract but based on a view of the surrounding hills near Eckford in Roxburghshire. A short walk from my studio.
Light before rain is filled with the light of the winter sun as it shines through the clouds and over the hills. I've used expressive marks and textures from a painting knife to capture the beauty of the light over the landscape, the contrasts and the constant movement of the elements.
For these new paintings, I've chosen to use a fully opaque way of painting with water-based mediums, watercolour and gouache and a painting knife. It has a delicious richness and pigment power, not to mention the beautiful textures on Clairefontaine artist paper.
It has taken me a few tries to get used to this way of working for these recent paintings, as it handles differently to standard watercolours - like an oil paint but quick drying and reworkable with water. Yet, it has been an enjoyable process!
You can now see Light before rain in the gallery and it is available online now.
Light over the hills | January 2018
I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year!
Over the last couple of weeks, with all the snowfall and wintery weather, I’ve used this as a subject for a number of artworks on paper, using watercolour and white gouache. The latest painting in this series is Light over the hills.
I’ve tried to capture the energy, movement and mood of the winter landscape found recently. Inferring a landscape of contrasts, with bright, sunlit snow over the windswept, thawing earth.
Semi-abstract it is created with raw watercolour paints and opaque white gouache on thick Arches paper, to create rich textures and varied, unique marks.