Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Marlow and Henley

The weather's been good recently and I spent a nice couple of days with David Bachmann and Tim King down in the Marlow/Henley area. Although sunny, the conditions were quite testing with a biting wind whipping up along the river. The rather civilized subject matter is a marked contrast the painting battles that took place! Fortunately my tripod has a built in hook which I hang my backpack from to weigh it firmly down.

The first was done in front of the boat house of the famous Henley rowing club, looking across the river. I wiped this twice before finally getting something worth taking home. The wind was high, full 'sun on board' and the light/water kept changing every time we looked up. I plumped for the darker water effect when it went a deeper blue/purple with brownish ripples. Nice the way the wind creates those ripples on the surface although it means there isn't much reflected in the water.

 'Boathouses and rowers, Henley on Thames' - 8x14in, oil on board

Below is a small 'colour sketch' where I wanted to try and focus on the colours/tones, working quickly and avoiding unnecessary detail. This sort of study can make useful reference material to work from. I also wanted to experiment with a composition where the pathway on the left create a different angle.

'Sunshine and breeze, Marlow' , 6x10in

This next piece was done from almost the same spot as the above but I'd stood much closer to the water's edge. I wanted to try and get the whole of the spire in and make use of the sweeping line from the river bank up to the bridge.

'Sunshine and breeze, Marlow' , 8x16in

The piece below was done later in the afternoon when the light was quite rich/warm. Admittedly, it's a bit twee for my liking with the swans but they were part of the scene and provided a bit of tonal contrast (that's my excuse anyway).

'Sunshine and breeze, Marlow' , 12x16in

Whilst in the area I also dropped eight paintings off at the Hawker Gallery in Amersham and they will be shown over two exhibitions running from May 9-23rd (including work from ROI members) and June 13th-27th (Artfest in aid of local charities).

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Charity sale - the clock is ticking!

 I've put two new paintings onto eBay in the hope of raising some funds for charity. As with the previous attempt, all proceeds will he heading directly to  Macmillan Cancer Support ( and the Artists General Benevolent Institution (

These are the last ones I'll be posting up for auction at this time so if you fancy bagging yourself an original oil painting and helping others in the process then go for it. I've taken a bit of a risk because the start prices are way too low but that's all eBay would let me submit! Don't be shy with your's all for good causes.

'Between showers, Whaddon' - 6x8in, oil on board.

'Sennen, towards the Brisons', 8x16in, oil on board

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Charity painting sale

I'm aiming to raise some money for charity. The charities I've nominated are Macmillan Cancer Support ( and the Artists General Benevolent Institution (

I'm new to ebay but decided to auction a painting and donate the proceeds. It looks like ebay will only let me sell one at a time (I had lined three up for auction), unless I put a low starting price on them which is a bit of a risk I suppose. Anyway, the first one made it OK and is listed at

St Marks, Venice - 8x10in, oil on board

Please do make a bid if your tempted. Go on...treat yourself! You could bag yourself an original plein air painting (with a lovely hand finished frame) AND be doing some good for charity :)