Monday, 23 May 2016

On holiday

On holiday - dog eating a pink ice-cream

This blog is taking a little holiday.

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The Homecoming by Norman Rockwell

Friday, 13 May 2016

Spring: apple blossom

oil painting of apple blossom

Here is an oil painting of apple blossom on board. It took a while to arrive, but spring has finally sprung in Devon. This is the first time that I can recall that I have apple blossom, horse chestnut blossom, bluebells and daffodils all in flower together.
The bees are having a feast.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

5 tweets in 5 days (no 5)

5 tweets in 5 days, an owl asleep in a tree
And here is an owl asleep in a tree - so not really a tweet, but never mind.  Painted with transparent oxide red, transparent oxide brown, yellow ochre, black and white. 
My new yellow ochre is Winsor & Newton Yellow Ochre Light, from the professional range. It is fab and behaves very nicely in a difficult palette like this one: not once did I get cow pat green even though the whole piece was painted wet into wet.
It is odd how paint from different manufacturers but with the same name behaves so very differently.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for looking at my paintings.

Friday, 6 May 2016

5 Tweets in 5 Days (no 4)

a series of little oil paintings of birds, 5 tweets in 5 days, this one is of bramblings

Here is a little oil painting of two bramblings, probably fighting for a prime nesting site. I deliberately painted sharper lines on this one to try and convey the impression of a sharp altercation. 
These little "tweets" were painted on consecutive days although I have not been posting them on consecutive days due to absent-mindedness rather than anything else. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

5 Tweets in 5 Days (no 3)

oil painting of a little wren on a tonal background
A sunny little painting for you on a bright and sunny morning here in Devon. My garden is bristling with these little birds at the moment. I always call them Jenny Wrens even though they can't really all be girls. But this one is.