River in Winter

Happy New Year 2015!

Painting outisde in the winter is almost my favourite time of year as the woods are richer in colour especially after a rainfall, last years twigs and leaves decomposing with earthy umber tones, yellow, reds and grays . Enough of green which i find hard painting!
This river is actually a torrent and so it fills up pretty quickly and the water level is always changing, I painted this view from a window inside because outside was wet and cold, the sensible descision was to paint near a warm radiator at this time of year!

River in Winter.  oil on panel, 20cm x 30cm
River in Winter. oil on panel, 20cm x 30cm

Meadow in September.

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I know it is December but here is a painting from September! The meadow is near where i live and this year hay was continuously cut from it due to a long and rainy summer. The grass just kept on growing!

Florence Walls

During a trip to Florence i managed to paint the famous walls on the Oltrarno. It was so busy because it was an important festa, (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) and I was unable to find a position in the centre and there was no way i was going to stand in the middle of a million tourists as i would loose my concentration in a second and probably end up in Japan! This is a view from the walls between Porta S. Giorgio and Porta S. Miniato, one of the entrance gates to the town as well as an old watch station, then to the left is the old gate of San Niccolo, standing 60 metres tall it is the tallest of the towers still standing today.

Florence Walls.  25cmx 27cm, oil on board.

Florence Walls. 25cmx 27cm, oil on board.

In the Garden

In the Garden. 30cm x 40cm, oil on linen.

In the Garden. 30cm x 40cm, oil on linen.

In the garden during a summer morning is a distant memory with all these autumn rainy days!  The darkness of the trees contrasting against the sun shining on the stone walls was helpful in this painting as it set off the dark and light values.

The Beach in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre.

This is one of the beaches in Cinque Terre, in the village of Riomaggiore as you turn left by the harbour.  its only access is a narrow pathway carved out of rock which brings you to a very hot and stony beach! Both an uncomfortable painting and sunbathing spot, I suppose you have to suffer if you need a suntan or a painting. Painted out of season in November there were less tourists in the Cinque Terre but still the sun was quite hot.

La Spiaggia a Riomaggiore, novembre.

The Beach in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre.  Oil on board, 20cm x 30cm.

Sasseta

Sasseta, 20cm x 30cm, oil on board.

Sasseta, 20cm x 30cm, oil on board.

Scogliera a Maralunga

Scogliera a Maralunga, 30cm x 40cm, oil on linen

Scogliera a Maralunga, 30cm x 40cm, oil on linen

This painting was painted during the summer 2014 at the sea we often go to in Italy. The sea can be reached from the rocky coast that surrounds most of Liguria, this area is called Maralunga, it is a small peninsula in the Mediterranean among many others near the port of La Spezia.

A portrait of my daughter.

A Portrait of my Daughter.  40cm x 50cm, oil on linen.

A Portrait of my Daughter. 40cm x 50cm, oil on linen.

I painted this oil on canvas a couple of years ago when my daughter was 18 months old. It was based on sketches and observation as she played around me in the studio, her hair and skin tones were important to me.

Still Life Paintings from 2008 – 2013

Below are a series of still life paintings that I did in the studio during 2008-2013. Those were the days when I could leave things untouched on a table to paint because now I share my ‘studio’ with a hurricane called Two Small Monsters! Although the mess on the ground does make for some inspiring compositions its a matter of time to capture it, you have to be quick.

Still Life with Lemons and Hoover Box.  70cm x 100cm, oil on canvas

Still Life with Lemons and Hoover Box. 70cm x 100cm, oil on canvas

Hang on a Minute.  80cm x 80cm, oil on linen.

Hang on a Minute. 80cm x 80cm, oil on linen.

Morning News. 80cm x 80cm, oil on linen.

Morning News. 80cm x 80cm, oil on linen.

Overalls and Mask.  60cm x 100cm, oil on linen.

Overalls and Mask. 60cm x 100cm, oil on linen.

The Sofa. 70cm x 90cm, oil on linen.

The Sofa. 70cm x 90cm, oil on linen.

Pinboard.  40cm x 50cm, oil on linen.

Pinboard. 40cm x 50cm, oil on linen.

Clutter on a Table.  50cm x 70cm, oil on linen.

Clutter on a Table. 50cm x 70cm, oil on linen.

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