Friday, 17 October 2014

"Lakeside Autumn" Painting the Autumn colours in Sussex

Autumn arriving in Sussex
I have sadly said my farewell to the Summer and I'm now ready to embrace the Autumn in all it's wonderful glory!
Not only does the countryside become ablaze with colour but this is also the season that Sussex comes alive with celebrations of bonfires and fireworks.
 Newick never fails to put on a good show .
Newick bonfire night
 I'm looking forward to bonfire....bangers ...and of! ;)
In the meantime I have planned several walks that will take me through some beautiful woodland that I'm sure will be inspirational! All I need now is a little bit of sunshine as my Autumn companion.
I thought I would start my journey with something small and vibrant, a beautiful scene of still waters and reflections from the village of Slaugham ...
                                                  "Lakeside Autumn"
                                Acrylic on box canvas 18"x 14"x 1.5"
Painting the Autumn reflections at the mill pond in Slaugham, Sussex

Friday, 10 October 2014

A piece of Sussex Summer for Christmas. Sussex themed gifts, cards and prints for sale

If like me you are reluctant to leave the wonderful Sussex Summer days behind then please take a look at the selection of cards, prints, bags and cushions I have available on Redbubble.
A treat for yourself or a unique gift for someone this Christmas :)
Here are some examples, please click on the links for more.
Sussex Summer throw pillows
Throw pillows for sale

Sussex Summer tote bags            
 Tote bags for sale

Sussex cards and prints for sale
 Cards and prints

Sussex calendars for sale
Sussex landscapes and seaside calendars for sale

Friday, 26 September 2014

"Tide out and Fish tales" painting the fishing boats of Hastings, Sussex

Fishing boats on The Stade in Hastings, Sussex
I just couldn't leave the Summer behind without revisiting the wonderful fishing boats at Hastings on the East Sussex coast. They really are one of my favourite subjects to paint.
This is the second time I have painted this particular boat, the red paint work looks so colourful against the Summer sky !
I loved the way that the composition represents the end of the working day. The gloves sitting on the poles to dry, the ladder leading the way home, the nets all tidy and ready for the next day and finally the departing seagulls.
I like to think that the weary fishermen have now headed off for a good meal, a good pint and recount the stories and tales of the day .
                                             "Tide out and Fish tales"
                                     Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
Painting the boats at Hastings, Sussex

Sunday, 7 September 2014

"Sea Spray and Sun Cream" and "Seaside Shadows" Painting the girls on Brighton beach

As the Summer comes to an end I couldn't leave it without capturing the pretty girls sunbathing on the beach at Brighton.
I loved the way they just seemed to abandon everything and succumb to the last rays of the Summer sunshine.
 The waves crashing on the beach seemed to add to the over powering moment of indulgence.

                                             "Sea Spray and Sun Cream"
                                      Acrylic on canvas 24"x 16"
Painting the girls on Brighton beach


Well as I've painted the girls with the emphasis on the sun I thought I would go the other way and concentrate on the shadows.
I was busy people watching on Brighton pier and loved the way that the shadows were cast and their silhouettes on the deck chairs.
I am working from 3 different photos so the first thing I had to do was to get the continuity of the railings right and the wooden planks of the pier, I was then able to start work on the deck chairs.
Getting the railings and woodwork in the right place .
The stripes on the chairs needed about 5 layers of paint to get opacity that I required.
 This can get a bit monotonous so to help me keep my concentration I started on the wooden chair frames.
Building up the layers on the chairs
Once the basic blocks of colour were dry I was able to flit about adding thin washes of paint. I also made a start on the shadows, these will transform the painting making it look really different
Starting to add the shadows and build up washes of colour
 .Finally the shadows are ....I hope you like it! :)
                                    "Seaside Shadows"
Seaside Shadows, painting of the girls relaxing on Brighton Pier, Sussex
              Tote bags and throw pillows are available from Redbubble
"Seaside Shadows" Tote bags and throw pillows