and a packed gallery at the auction of the top 20 artworks to go under the hammer at the Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. My watercolour of Titchfield Abbey raised £60 towards this worthy cause out of a total of well over £2000!
and it's hustle and bustle before the rain came down. Pencil sketch on heavyweight cartridge in A4 sketchbook in around 50 mins (with some welcome interuptions).
Sketch done looking down the lane towards Jermyn's House. A4 sketchbook on cartridge paper
is a group exhibition, part of Herefordshire Art Week, representing 25 artists in which I have my watercolour of Wardour Castle (See my post of 27th June). Here is the PV invitation to you all and here is a link to the website. The PV is on Thursday 8th September 6.30 to 8.30pm, if you are in the area, at St Michael's Church Discoed nr Presteigne LD8 2NW and the show runs from 10th to 18th September.
Houghton Lodge by the River Test - an early example of "picturesque" Gothic built around 1793 - a grade II listed building with 14 acres of lovely gardens. Watercolour over pencil in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
It's always a commitment when looking to settle down for an hour or two's sketching, and sometimes a certain view will "draw" you in and this is one such case. Having walked along the pathway, seen here in the centre of the sketch, and turning back to assess the vista, the composition was there. Watercolour in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
done over the weekend in St Ives as part of a sketching trip to the West Country. These are my first attempts using oils and all done on location showing my initial pencil sketch with colour notes etc and final painting of rocks. The seascape is not quite finished and so I may return to this one later on. Both done on mdf board at A4 size using brushes and pallete knife - a very new experience!
and here's the finished piece. I haven't kept a note of the hours spent on this one as it's been fitting it in when time allowed. I could use the term "a labour of love" but that sounds like it has been a chore which it hasn't. My passion is combining suggested detail with atmospheric lighting and how light falls across a surface. As this view is very square-on, the cast shadows are instrumental in describing shape and form giving a sense of depth within the structure. Soon to be exhibited - details to come!
commission for a planning application to show a listed cottage with new extension disguised around existing flint walling and the addition of a "new" thatched roof.
about my one-off sketching day in Salisbury on Saturday 9th July starting at 10.00am in the Arts Centre. At just £40 for the day it's a bargain! Come and draw the lovely medieval buildings, eat lunch and ending up at the Cathedral for a "crit" and a few photographs to record the day. Turner would be proud of you: Sunshine guaranteed!
Salisbury Cathedral from the East c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851