Field Notes (blogs and vlogs)

Field Notes and Sketchbooks

I love to share my thoughts and ideas with you all. You can find my most recent blogs and sketchbooks here.

Whilst I would like to say I blog regularly, the constriction of doing something regularly just takes the fun away. However, I love to share my thoughts and ideas and recently this is taking form as vlog posts which I call 'Friday Chats'.

Being a painter is quite a solitary life and I use social media a lot to engage with my audience. So this is a section to have some blogs and also random thoughts, musings, little experiments and what nots.

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Work in Motion

Now and then I think it’s good to work in a series. My process generally is to sketch outside and use  these sketches back in the studio to as my primary source for paintings.

As most of you know who follow me regularly I’ve been working on a series that started late spring and is in general around ‘this green and pleasant land’.

I made a subtle change in my process this time for working on this series and it has worked really well. So I thought I would share it with you.

I still worked from my outside sketches back in the studio. However instead of going straight into my bigger pieces I worked up a small series in both watercolour and oils and then worked from these small pieces for my larger works.

The benefits of this three step process has meant I have really delved deep into the style, compositions and palette of this developing series! And my learning has been to keep your process a ‘work in motion’. Keep challenging your own status quo. Small changes can give huge results and keeps the fun!

A positive time of year

Spring is usually such a positive time of year. I’ve been meaning to paint a Spring Series for several years now. I find the greens and freshness so inspiring.So this year a Spring Series is underway. I wanted to call the Series ‘The Emerald Isle Series’ however I realised that it is better associated with… Read more »

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Energy and spirit

‘Place Palettes’ are something I use all the time.  I posted a couple recently on my social media sites. Usually I only post the sketch or finished work, but this time I wanted to show where I really start from. My work indicates a mood and a place and so does not need to look… Read more »

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Just changing perspective

Taking time out from the daily grind is important for us all. However sometimes I think just being in a different location is as good as a rest. I’ve been taking some family time in Wales this week and really enjoyed being away from the studio and painting in the Wales landscape and forest. Sometimes… Read more »

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