Friday, November 27, 2009

Cart track

farm land fields north england english rain landscape painting

Acrylic on hardboard 8" x 7.5" (please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting)

Up here the farmers' cart tracks are often filled with rainwater making very muddy exits and entrances. Mist, fog, rain, its all part of the scenery up north.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


landscape painting north england reservoir

This painting has been sold

Acrylic on hardboard 7.5" x 7.5"

Monday, November 23, 2009


landscape painting north england fog rain wind>

This painting has been sold

Acrylic on hardboard 8" x 8"

Today I went back to my gessoed, sanded hardboard panels. I have started to use the gesso much thinner so the panels remain very smooth and I lightly sand them in between coats. I enjoyed working in a much freer way with this painting and it was a relief to be able to make a mark and have it stay that way! I felt with the linen it was almost beginning to dictate the way I should work. I'm not saying I won't use it again but I have learned about its strengths and limitations for me.
This painting, "Signal", (I think that is a telegraph pole)is actually based on the same scene as the one below only a little further up the road and closer to the pole.

Grey blanket

Acrylic on linen panel 8" x 8" £65 plus postage & packing (£3.50 to UK; £7 to rest of world)

This is the second painting on linen. I'm beginning to doubt now if it really is for me. Seem to lose a bit of the drawing line emphasis.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Padfield in November

padfield landscape painting north england winter mist frost

This painting has been sold

Acrylic on linen 8" x 8"

I wanted to try painting on linen and to stick with the acrylics to see how it all handled. I didn't have any linen and didn't want to invest too much in the fabric so I bought a rough linen weave tote bag and cut it up to make two panels. I stuck it onto 2 of my hardboard squares using matt glazing medium which makes excellent glue. When that was dry I coated the painting surface of the linen board with a couple of coats of white acrylic primer and just started work. This was a totally new, challenging and enjoyable painting experience. If you click on the image to enlarge it you will be able to see the linen weave quite clearly. What I liked about it was the irregularity and naturalness of the surface which was quite a change from painting on a very smooth surface.