Wednesday, 27 July 2011


Going to set sail towards Fowey tomorrow. Hope for a great event and chances to sketch and paint the wonderful yachts I love.

Water colour and pen sketch from Plymouth Classics in Sutton Harbour Plymouth.

Sketch Books

Pen sketch of Portscatho from my small sketch book I have kept with me for the past year, 
(nearly full now).

From the same book a water colour and ink sketch of yachts anchored at the mouth of the river Fal.

From my larger occasional Sketch Book. The Percuil River behind St Mawes in water colour with pen.

A water colour sketch done on my way to Portscatho along the Percuil River. It started to rain and you can see the rain marks on the background, (yes I was wet when I got there)!

Pencil drawing of a boat in Portscatho Harbour with a lady providing the perfect foreground.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Old Tank Road at Turnaware

Oil on Canvas 22" x 20" (approx)

This painting started out as a water colour sketch on site in the spring. I worked it up into this panting. I glazed the painting down before lifting the tones for the light through the trees. This is the tank road that was used to load ships during the "D" day operations.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Turnaware beach

30" x 24" oil on canvas

On yet another sitting I am finally happy with the over all tones of this painting. I will allow the oils to dry over the next few weeks and will then add a varnish. I am undecided if it will require a tinted coating as I like the fresh colours. UPDATE 11/08/11: I have added a tinted glaze then brought the light tones back up to add depth to the picture. Now I have to wait for it to dry!!!!!!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Turnaware beach

Oil on canvas 30" x 24"

I have started this picture after been anchored at Turnaware last weekend. I started by doing a water colour study on site, the campers on the far shore had their camp fire going for breakfast! In the studio I first filled out the canvas to make sure the tonal effect was correct. Next couple of days I worked on the detail of the overall picture and the figure with the boat. This painting is now drying so I can do some glazing down so I can pick out the light. I will update as this picture develops.