Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Boats On An Old Stone Pier

At Aberdour, just a few miles from where I live, there's a small harbour mostly used by yachtsmen these days. As winter approaches some of the boats are lifted out for storage on the stone pier. My painting shows them lined up along the pier on a peaceful, cloudless evening, with a golden light in the sky. The water was quite still and reflected the colours in the sky.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Demo at Cupar Art Club

Recently I gave a watercolour painting demo (demonstration) at Cupar Art Club in the North of Fife. I really enjoyed doing it - they're a great bunch of folk up there in Cupar. The theme was 'painting from photos' and I combined elements of 3 different images of sea and shoreline to produce this demo piece. It's basically a sunset view from Aberlady Bay in East Lothian, looking towards Inchkeith island and the Fife coast. I was trying to create a quiet mood but with a bit of colour to lift it. Not necessarily a painting I'd frame but I'm still fairly pleased with the result.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Cottage Windows

I saw these twin windows as I walked along a street in the pretty Northumbrian town of Corbridge. Their windowboxes crammed with violet, red and white flowers intrigued me. How much daylight were the people inside getting? Still, the windows looked superb from the outside. I have to say I enjoyed painting the stonework just as much as I did the flowers.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Aine Divine Deconstructed

Once in a while I like to try my hand at a collage work. For this one I 'deconstructed' a self-portrait by Aine Divine, the well-known portrait artist, and reassembled it on a new background. I showed it to Aine and was relieved when she said she liked it!