Saturday, 21 March 2009

Railside Industry

Railside Industry
Artist quality watercolour on watercolour paper
11.7" x 8.3"

This watercolour has been painted from a number of photographs and sketches of industrial buildings located near the railway lines not far from Nottingham Midland Station.

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Friday, 20 March 2009

The Lion and Snake pub, Lincoln

Back to the watercolours. This latest one shows the Lion and Snake pub on Bailgate in Lincoln. This is a lovely old 16th century pub, with the magnificent western towers of Lincoln Cathedral rising up behind it. I published a drawing of this in an earlier post.
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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Unfinished Acrylics 3

This acrylic was painted from a number of photos I took of a deserted and dilapidated industrial building just east of the centre of Nottingham.

Through the roses
Acrylic on stretched canvas
39" x 24"

It can be seen from the railway line as the line goes out towards Lincoln. I took the photos last year from the road bridge going over the railway line. The dog rose bushes I was looking through are quiet a distance away from the building, but due to the flattening of distance caused by the zoom lens, the roses appear to be growing much nearer to the building. This gives it a feel of the roses creeping towards the building - rather a Gothic fantasy scenario.
I don't want to do a lot more to this work; just develop the foreground bushes a little more.

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Maeve's work in exhibition

Maeve (my wife) has got two of her art works in a local exhibition. It's an open exhibition at the View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham. Unfortunately, this is the last open exhibition to take place at the gallery as it is soon to close.
The exhibition theme is (appropriately) views of Nottingham. Maeve's two pieces are based the buildings and market of the Sneinton area of Nottingham.

Cornering the market (Sneinton)
Mixed Media
8.3" x 11.7"

Market connections (Sneinton)
Mixed Media
8.3" x 11.7"

The exhibition runs until 21st March. It had its preview last night and there were lots of people attending. I sampled the wine and some splendid spicy sausages - Oh! and looked at the paintings - some highly original interpretations of the theme.
The night ended with Maeve selling one of her pieces (Market connections).

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

New Blogs

I've recently started two new blogs;


The first is fairly self-explanatory. It will display my daily sketches (of which there are many!). I sketch fairly frequently during the day - very quick, rapid sketches - things that interest or amuse me.
The second is a record of personal impressions of my hometown of Nottingham through my photos.
Have a look at them and let me know what you think.

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Monday, 9 March 2009

Unfinished Acrylics 2

This next unfinished acrylic is a painting of Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire.

Robin Hood's Bay
Acrylics on stretched canvas
24" x 36"

One of my favourite painting subjects, Robin Hood's Bay is a small village nestling amongst the cliffs leading down to the sea, just south of Whitby. It's a frequently visited tourist attraction , but has maintained it's small fishing village atmosphere.
This painting is at a midway point. It needs a general 'going over' to emphasize details, sort out tonal values etc.

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Friday, 6 March 2009

Unfinished Acrylics

I have a few acrylic paintings that I began, Oooohhhhhh, erm lets say a few months ago and are still hanging around, waiting to be finished. Concentrating on watercolours has meant that the acrylics have become rather neglected and I'm feeling it's about time I put some effort into finishing them. If I post about them it might motivate me!!
This first one is actually more or less completed. It just needs a few finishing touches.

Beach Huts
Acrylic on stretched canvas
24" x 20"

This is based on the beach huts at Wells watercolour I included in an earlier post. I just love painting beach huts. Their chunky shapes and bright colours reminiscent of long days on the beach.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Results of February 'Win an original painting' competition

Well, this is the moment when I announce the results of my first competition.

So, without further ado,

here are


(drawn by my beautiful assistant - my wife, Maeve!!)




of Definitely Maybe (and several other blogs).

Babette has won this original watercolour painting.

Outside the pavilion, Whitby
Artist quality watercolours on watercolour paper
8.3" x 11.7"

The five lucky runners-up who have each won a signed, limited edition print of the painting are:

Rita T





Congratulations to all of you. I will be emailing you for addresses to send your prizes to.

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Sunday, 1 March 2009

March 'Win an original painting!' competition

It's the 1st of March so it's time to begin the second monthly competition to win one of my original paintings. This month I am offering a snowy painting.

Too cold to rest
Artist quality watercolour on watercolour paper
11.7" x 8.3"

This painting was included in a previous post and was so well received that I thought someone would like the opportunity to win it.

In addition five other lucky people will win one of five signed limited edition prints of the painting.

This time, there are only a couple of things you need to do to qualify:

1. Subscribe to my email posts.
2. Comment on this posting, mentioning your intention to enter the competition.
******Also please tell me your subscription email address (you may email it to me if you don't want it to appear in the comments), but no need to do this if you entered the February competition.******

......and that's it!

This is a great opportunity to own an original artwork.

Please note:
One entry per person
The painting and prints will be unframed and unmounted.
The prints of the artwork will be printed on A4 paper and will have a small white border on all edges.

The competition will run from the first of the month to the last day of the month.
The winner and runner-up prizes will be determined by a draw from all qualifying names and will be announced during the first week of April.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any inquiries about the competition and Good Luck!!

**The results of February's competition will be announced on Tuesday 3rd March**