Saturday, 24 October 2009

Island Paintings

I'm back from Tresco, but my paintings are still on the island - drying.

I had a really productive week, and was once again bowled over by the help and generosity of the islanders and of the Tresco Estate.

The weather was also wonderful, almost like the summer we never had.

You can see my latest Tresco paintings here on my main website.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Makeshift Easel

I was painting on a beach on the east side of Tresco this afternoon, at Blockhouse Point.

The light was dramatic.

I was pleased to find a large piece of driftwood on the beach, which I dragged into position where I wanted to work. I dug away the sand on one side of it, piling it across to ensure I had a good height to lean the canvas on.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Daylight Robbery

I'm on Tresco again.

The island is so wonderful to paint that I got straight out there the moment I arrived.

However, with evenings drawing in so quickly I don't have as much daylight to resolve the painting.

Both photographs were taken in the evening, as the light faded quickly. The top photograph shows me painting on Sunday evening, when the weather was quite cloudy and overcast. Today was much clearer and brighter - as shown in the photograph below.

Note the plastic bags over my painting boots. The long grass is very wet in the evenings, and I don't want my boots to get too wet as I'll be wearing them all week.

I've painted the same view yesterday and today, looking east towards St Martins. It's interesting for me to compare the two paintings.

Tomorrow I start work on a larger canvas, before visiting Bryher for the evening.

Here are some paintings from my last trip here in March.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Hampshire Art Fair

I've just got back from the private view at the first evening of the Hampshire Art Fair.

This is a well-displayed exhibition of paintings by about 20 artists, which includes six of my paintings.

It is well worth a visit.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Rachel Reclining

Another day spent life drawing, this time with Rachel.

She is a wonderfully patient and adaptable model, and I love working with her.

I'll collect more of my drawings and paintings of her together some time - but until then you can see some more of today's drawings here on my website.