Thursday, 26 March 2009

Fur and Eyes

This was painted at Art Club during a session led by Peg.

It is approximately 9" by 12" painted with Atelier Interactive Acrylic paints on Bockingford paper. The reference is a photograph from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library.

Peg did a great job of driving us all on to achieve some surprising results.


This was painted as homework for an assignment to explore textures in watercolour by painting rocks.

It is 12" by 15" painted with St Petersburg watercolours on Arches Aquarelle 300 gsm NOT paper. The reference is a photograph from our trip to Oman in January. We stopped here for a picnic lunch. The water is fed from a hot spring, and the local boys were having great fun in the water further up.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Under sail

This is approx. 15" by 12" painted with St Petersburg water colours on Bockingford paper. The reference was a photograph from the Image Library on Wet Canvas.

It was painted at Art Club last week, when the task was to paint a sailing boat. It turned out OK, but there should be more shadow on the water.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Elephant in folds

This was the homework from last week's class - to paint an object on a large piece of material. The aim was to practise graded washes.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Patterns of Daily Life

I missed class last week, so this was painted as two weeks homework.

It is painted with Atelier Interactive acrylics on canvas, and is approximately 18" by 14". Rather rough and the pepper is a bit "squeezed in" ( it was added later to balance the composition). Nevertheless it has received positive feedback, especially for the knife.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Blue Stripes - revisited

This and two other paintings, The Workman and Futurescape, failed to be accepted by the RWS for their 21st Century Watercolour Exhibition. Clearly I still have a long way to go.

The reason for reposting is that I have added further shadows to the small jar on the left, in response to further feedback. In addition it has been entered to the Artist's magazine competition.


The title was the half-term assignment at Art Class.

It is approximately 16" by 12" on Arches Aquarelle paper, painted from a still life. The natural light failed and finishing it off under natural light has rather confused the shadows.

Still it has attracted much positive feedback.

Minaret from Nizwa Fort

Another exercise from Art Class - to design a book cover. This was based on a reference photograph taken during our trip to Oman.

The lower area was deliberately left undeveloped to accommodate the book title.


This was painted from a reference photograph during Art Class.

They are called Shaggy Ink Caps and are apparently edible.

Landscape with cows

This was painted at the Club, when the topic was landscape. I tried to incorporate some cows, as we had been looking at this during class the previous week.

Trees in Gouache

This was an exercise in class to introduce us to gouache. A piece of Bockingford watercolour paper, approx 15" by 12", was prepared with a grey tone in acrylic and allowed to dry. This scene was then painted over it from a reference photograph in gouache.

It is rather flat and the gouache dries to a different colour - all rather frustrating.

Seat in the Shade

This was painted from one of the reference photographs taken during our trip to Oman.

We were having a picnic at the hot springs at Ath-Thowra when this local lad walked down and sat in the shade under a tree on the opposite bank.