I’m really looking forward to my show in the first week of October entitled “Painting the Bridge” at the visitor’s centre at Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s going to comprise of around 10 new paintings of the Bridge and Avon Gorge showing the change of seasons and time of day. I’ve wanted to do a show dedicated to the bridge for some time so am pretty excited about this.
I was lucky enough to get commissioned recently to paint the house of one of my collectors for a 50th birthday present. I went over on a sunny day and set up at the end of the garden to do an initial plein air sketch. The height of the house leant itself to a vertical thin format which was nice, as I love painting in a 2 to 1 ratio.
I’m not keen on painting large on location so a small painting done from life over 2 hours is preferable. I then use that as reference when producing the final piece in the studio on a larger scale.
I recently finished a new painting of Regent Street in the rain, from the same viewpoint of the previous painting. There aren’t many spots on Regent Street that I find appealing from a compositional perspective, so stuck with this for a second go. It’s nice to get all those very British things in one scene; the taxi, the letterbox and the London bus. The “Super Dry” sign, not so classically British, but it’s part of the place, so in it goes.
I recently finished two new paintings of London, one of Regent Street in the rain in December with all the Christmas lights above the street and another painting of Camden Lock Bridge in the sun. I’m really enjoying painting in this larger square format, many more to come.
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I was delighted to win three awards this weekend at The Artist painting competition held at the annual Patchings Festival near Nottingham. I won the top prize which was a purchase prize, The Royal Talens Award of £250 of art materials and thirdly, an exhibition in 2018 at Patchings. I was pretty chuffed to get 3 awards for one painting, so thank you to Ken Howard RA who was judging.