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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Kaleidoscope -Whitby03

The good ship Gratitude at Whitby Harbour - in acrylic

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Kaleidoscope -Whitby02

Another kaleidoscope image of Whitby - this was in pen and watercolour.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Kaleidoscope -Whitby01

Messing about with a friend's kaleidoscope feature on her iPad. She had just hung 3 of my original paintings which she bought from me last summer.

That's my acrylic painting of the Abbey at Whitby, North Yorkshire


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

'omage to Van Gough & San Gim

Heeley Art Club's theme for yesterday evening was "Working in the style of an artist you admire". My effort is 'omage to Vincent van Gough, combined with a view of the beautiful San Gimignano from our recent visit to Tuscany. I arrived at the Art Club minus my acrylics, so I drove straight back home and, to save time, I spent the evening in my own little garret producing the artwork below:

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Trulliland, Italy

Trulliland - houses in southern Italy. Sketchette in acrylic, collage with a bit of bucket fill for the sky.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Portrait 5 of 5

10 minute portrait at Heeley Art Club

Pen and watercolour. The Club's new President - El Presidente!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Portrait 4 of 5

10 minute portrait at Heeley Art Club
Pen and watercolour

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Portrait 3 of 5

10 minute portrait at Heeley Art Club

Pen and watercolour pencils

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Portrait 2 of 5

10 minute portrait at Heeley Art Club

Pen and watercolour

Monday, 25 November 2013

Portrait 1 of 5

10 minute portrait at Heeley Art Club 1 of 5

square pastel sticks!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Diwali Stage below Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, LONDON

Sunday, 27 October, my last sketch of our London trip from the upper level in front of the National Gallery - showing the stage for the Diwali Festival under Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square. We were booked on the 2.30 train back to Sheffield the following day but the rails were hit by the great St Jude storm and we ended up after much wasted time and expense catching a coach back home the following day.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

The Shard & Tower Bridge, LONDON

The lower image took me 4 hours on a jetty sticking out into the Thames last Saturday 26 October. I spent at least half of that sheltering from the rain and galeforce gusts. I finally packed it in when a mini tornado sucked the plastic lining out of a bin in front of me, sending 2 empty bottles of beer crashing onto the pavings frightening the b'jesus out of me! I was hiding under my umbrella at the time and didn't realise what was happening - I thought there was an express train coming. The umbrella I've had in my sketching rucksack for the last 7 or 8 years is no more, deceased, turned completely inside out.  I completed the drawing at home.


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Friday 25th October, London again. Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, West London. Friends inside inspecting the exhibits, me outside sketching the front porch!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

St Barts, London

Guess who's been on their travels again! South-west entrance to the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great opposite Smithfield Market, London. Really picturesque church especially internally. Had a nice coffee in the cloisters. I sketched this from a convenient wooden seat while our group of 6 friends visited St Barts Museum behind me. Must draw the church itself when I have more time.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Siena - the Duomo - first view

Our first view of the Siena Duomo as we round the corner from the Basilica de San Domenico with a large Tuscan cypress tree on the left..... work in progress.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Our granddaughter modelling her loungewear.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Peppa Pig

2 year old granddaughter's favourite character - Peppa Pig - she's a very bossy little piglet.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

More Thomas

More Thomas the Tank Engine - this time with Tuscan cypress trees on the horizon - influenced by our recent trip to the Italy!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Daughter & granddaughter visit

Guess who's got their 2 year old granddaughter visiting from Colorado Springs! Her favo(u)rite stories are Thomas the Tank Engine. Managed to appropriate her crayons for a couple of minutes before she insisted that "me do it"! It's so good to have her and our daughter with us - Facetime is good but can't replace Realtime! 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

My full painting kit revealed

I'm not really suffering for my Art or praying - this is an action shot of me enjoying myself - finishing off my sketch of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - in the shade of the arches supporting the Ufizzi Gallery overlooking the Arno. I see the skin on my head has almost finished growing through my hair..... and I still think I'm only sixteen!

Volterra, Tuscany, Italy, last sketch

Friday afternoon, 4rd October, Volterra, Tuscany. My last sketch in Tuscany. The Palazzo dei Priori from the Via dei Marchesi. Incredibly built in 1239. The top tower was strange to draw - it was a pentagon. The shaded piazza in front of the Palazzo was my favourite spot to have a lazy coffee and watch the world go by. No photos of me drawing this time - my beautiful assistant, wife and camera operator finally cracked - she went shopping! Saturday - flight home - goodbye Italy - will I ever return?

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Volterra, Tuscany, Italy

Friday, 4rd October, Volterra, Tuscany - centre for alabaster products - we saw many tiny workshops with crafts-persons busy sculpting and scraping away. We had a free day (no more guided tours). Our last lunch - this time at Osteria la Paca near Porta a Selci looking up the Via Don Mizoni. As usual in Mediterranean countries it wasn't long before someone parked a car in a "no parking" zone completely blocking my view.... no problem, I stood up and finished the drawing from the middle of the road. We stayed 4 nights in Volterra which was my second favourite place in Tuscany - so bellisimo! Wouldn't mind being locked in at this town and being at 1700 feet above sea level I might be able to cope with Italian temperatures. It's even higher than our little home village high above Sheffield.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Thursday, 3rd October, Siena, Tuscany. After a hard morning's guided tour we found the Ristorante San Desiderio for lunch at a shaded table in the open air - and a quick sketch of the Belltower to the Duomo.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Piazza Cisterna, San Gimignano, Tuscany

San Gimignano - I think this was my favourite place of many extremely bellisimo places in beautiful Tuscany. Wednesday 2 October, I was sitting on top of the cistern which I think was built originally to store water to resist those sieges the pesky Florentinians were pretty good at.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Italy, Firenze, Ponte Vecchio

Tuesday afternoon 1 October - Florence. Life was too short to join the queues for the Uffizi Gallery so, instead, I sketched the Ponte Vecchio from the upstream side. That's me in the top photo drawing the bridge in pen. It was so hot and sunny I painted the scene in the shade of the arches supporting the Uffizi. I didn't have my stool so I had to kneel on the pavement (see bottom photo). My wife was on camera again - she hates long queues as well!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Palazzo Veccio, Florence, Italy

Tuesday morning 1 October. Florence - Palazzo Veccio (the Town Hall). Me and my cappuccino outside the Birreria restaurant. There were quite a lot of tourists in this beautiful Piazza (della Signoria). That's David to the left of the main door opening

Monday, 7 October 2013

Italy, Tuscany, Pisa

Tuscany again - Sunday afternoon 29 September - Pisa. Had to paint this one sitting on a stone post surrounded by people being photographed "holding up" the leaning tower. We had flown into Pisa airport the previous day (see the plane to the right of the tower) and had spent the night in Florence before being driven back to Pisa via Lucca. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Tuscany - Lucca

Here it is - my dream come true - I'm in Tuscany! Sunday 29 September - Piazza San Michele, Lucca. Torrential rain all morning so I painted this one from under cover outside a nice little café. I'm going to have to re-visit this picturesque town..... one day! It did get better.

More Pastels

Heeley Art Club meeting 24 September again. I was doodling and dreaming of my first visit to Tuscany on 28 September. First image is my idea of a Tuscan landscape. Second image is my idea of Siena Cathedral - as it turned out my first sight of it (as we passed the Basilica di san Domenico) was remarkably similar - I should have added a dome!

Pastel paintings

Heeley Art Club Sheffield meeting Tuesday evening 24 September. The theme for the meeting was working outside your comfort zone - using a media you don't normally use - pastels in my case!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

More Boats

2 more boats somewhere in the English Channel

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Spinnaker at Lizard Point - English Channel

Spinnaker at Lizard Point - English Channel. Another scanned copy of one of my paintings from the early 90's

Monday, 23 September 2013

St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Been scanning my old boat paintings. This was from my first (and last) sailing adventure - from Falmouth to the Scilly Islands via Penzance in 1992. It's our good ship Jasper parked in St Mary's Harbour with a coke can gently drifting by.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

3 spider webs

I was about to clean the window to our dining room on this bright sunlit autumn morn when I saw this structure of 3 overlapping webs..... the windows will have to stay slightly smeared for a while! See the spider on the left hand web.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Waxwings card

....... and my flock of waxwings card

Friday, 20 September 2013

Waxwing series

waxwings series 002 - in watercolour with yellow berry

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Waxwing series

My waxwings series 001 - with red berry

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Another using the Auryn Ink app on my iPad -
tree at Longshaw Estate 3 miles from home in the middle of the Peak Park

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

On a very shaky train back from Scotland last Thursday. Half way between Glasgow and Lockerbie in the Lowther Hills near Moffat, I looked at the scene, closed my eyes to fix it, opened my iPad (and eyes) and painted this in my Auryn Ink app.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Autumn leaves in Dundee last Wednesday - using the Auryn app on my iPad - I like the watercolour effect.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Last Tuesday afternoon - the Debating Chamber at the Scottish Parliament Building. They were debating whether Scottish MP's should be paid if/when they're in prison (it must happen a lot for it to take up so much time in a Parliament!) What a modern building inside and out, I could spend a lifetime drawing this one - it's architectural poetry! It wasn't easy to draw that roof structure in less than an hour - can see why the construction ended up 3 years late and 10 times over budget. The building's (Spanish) architect Enric Miralles died in 2000 (at the so young age of 45) and 4 years before the building was completed.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Edinburgh Castle again - in silhouette. The blinding sun was directly behind the Castle hence the lack of detail!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Edinburgh Castle

Tuesday 10th September. Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Garden with the Scottish National Gallery in the foreground. Beautiful sunny day - I had to move the wooden bench I sat on to get a better view - I told an interested passer-by that it was easier than moving the tree that was blocking my view.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Sheffield Canal Basin - with a bit of artistic licence on the narrow boats! I've painted this for Heeley Art Club's "Sheffield in the Frame" Exhibition at Sheffield Winter Garden 4th-13th October. Hope it gets selected next Tuesday.