Rainy Days

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Rainy Days. Oil on wood, 25cm x 35cm.

I don’t know about you but here in the north of Italy it has rained for the whole of June. Where is Summer? This is a study of my daughter who sits still long enough for me to paint, even though it’s nearly summer most days it feels like April!

In this painting I needed alot of Cadmium Red Light for the sofa which is an very intense orange/red – a really bright, bright red!  Other reds verging towards crimson are more darker and duller. I also really noticed while painting this how much cadmium yellow and red pigment I needed to mix into my palette to try and get that cozy artificial light coming in.

Cadmium is expensive to buy but worth every penny. High quality artist’s grade paints generally contain far more pigment than the cheaper student paints so in the long run you use less and they last much longer, both in the tube and on your painting. Once I ground a few tubes of my own cadmium red and that tube really did last along time, it was worth all the effort but now too unhealthy to make your own paints with children about!

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The Last Days of March!

The Last Days of March. oil on canvas, 70cm x 80cm
The Last Days of March. oil on canvas, 70cm x 80cm

Two years ago this view ovelooking a small village called Sasseta in Northern Italy was completely different…bramble, brambles and more brambles!

Now after some clearing we have managed to plant more exciting things and with some artistic license I improved some of the cabbages!

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!

Winter Trees

Winter Trees, 40cm x 50cm, oil on linen
Winter Trees, 40cm x 50cm, oil on linen

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.