'Companions On The Path' 💫
Royal Pavilion - Plein Air Painting
Royal Pavilion Tree - Plein Air Painting 🌳🎨
Last Light In Patagonia
'Under The Bridge' St. Stephens Green, Dublin - Plein Air Painting
Dún Laoghaire Plein Air Painting - Dublin, Ireland
Malahide Beach - Plein Air Painting - Dublin, Ireland
Street Sketching in Colombia 🇨🇴 ✍
Window Into The Caribbean 🐠 🌴
Window Into The Caribbean 🐠 🌴
'Companions On The Path' 💫The image of the wolf has appeared to me on a few occasions in recent months. And not just from the Game of Thrones! Even though I am fan.Wolves have appeared in my dreams a few times. Do you have animals appear in your dreams? Do you remember your dreams? This is my finished white wolf watercolour & gouache painting. A personal piece. I want to paint at least one or two more paintings of the wolf to make a small collection.
Royal Pavilion - Plein Air PaintingThe Royal Pavilion Gardens (The Pav) is a place I spent many hours and days during my late childhood and throughout my teenage years.It is basically my garden. Well that’s how I’ve always looked at it. Less than a 5 minute walk from my house, not too bad to have a palace and its gardens as a place you go to every day as people usually do with their own actual gardens, is it?This is one of 2 of my first plein air paintings in Brighton. I’ve wanted to paint Brighton en plein air for a while, the other day I just grabbed my kit and headed over.I found this little view, and a decent tree to sit against, and went for it.This is the result!I’m hoping it will find a home with a Brighton local, but it can also be shipped anywhere in the world. :) Painted with watercolour & gouache, Aquarelle pad, 5.9in x 8.3in.
Royal Pavilion Tree - Plein Air Painting 🌳🎨“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” - William BlakeI hope you lift your eyes off from your device and appreciate all that is phenomenal and nice around you this weekend, and if something catches your eye, don’t be afraid to pause, put away your phone for a minute or two and look twice. My latest plein air painting of a tree that caught my eye in the royal pavilion gardens.
‘Violet Pavilion’ My latest watercolour & gouache painting of the Royal Pavilion Brighton (my back garden) ;) 5.9 x 8.3” This original painting of mine is framed and ready to ship anywhere 🚢 ✈️If you’re a Brighton Local and want to buy it, I’ll personally deliver it to your door!
Last Light In PatagoniaEl Chaltén - Fitzroy & The Glacier After an amazing day trekking over 20km for 8 hours up and around Mt. Fitzroy, onto the incredibly vibrant blue glacier lake, and coming close to another huge glacier after trekking through the dense forest, I returned back to my camp site to set up my tent. After getting everything ready and settling down, I realised I had about 1 hour left of light to try a little plein air painting. It was 4 degrees Celsius, the wind was blowing and the rain started to fall. I sat it out to finish what I started, and this is the result. You should be able to make out the glacier in the background and hopefully how I represented it in my watercolour/gouche painting. This is was my fourth plein air painting in Argentina's Patagonia.
'Under The Bridge' St. Stephens Green, Dublin - Plein Air PaintingOn one of the the days I had to go and explore Dublin, I decided to head to the center. I got on the bus from Dun Laoghaire, and got off at the stop by St. Stephens Green, one of the many beautiful parks in the center of the city. I walked into the park and saw the lake straight ahead of me, it was busy with lots of people all around sitting on the many areas of grass, enjoying the sun. But straight away I noticed the glistening reflections on the lake from the sun, and went to get a closer look. I had intended to find a nice area to do some plein air painting in the city center, but I didn’t expect to find such a great spot as soon as I got off the bus!As I approached the water towards a shelter which looked like the perfect place to sit my back against to paint, I noticed a girl was sitting alone, hidden away from the crowd, eating her lunch. She was looking at the water, and confirmed for me the spot I had selected from a distance, was the right one. People came over to see what I was doing and some would comment. Then somebody who also wanted to do a watercolour painting saw me and asked for a sheet of watercolour paper from my sketchbook, so she could also paint. She sat next to me with her friend and ended up painting the exact same scene in her style. I had to leave before her, so she sent me a photo of her painting when she had finished. What a great experience!I was actually really happy with this painting, I was feeling excitement of its potential at certain points towards the end, but this was distracting me from focusing so I had to try and ignore it and keep my mind clear. I could have worked the tree branches with the right hand tree just a little bit more, but I had to call it done because I really needed the toilet and didn’t want to potentially risk ruining what I already had. Then when I brought it back to my cousins house, and he saw it, he decided he loved it and really wanted it. His Birthday was just a few days away. I left the painting behind with him in Dublin City, where it is now enshrined for eternity! Definitely one of my personal best plein airs so far, given away as a gift.
Dún Laoghaire Plein Air Painting - Dublin, IrelandOn one of my free mornings in Dún Laoghaire, I decided to head down to the center of town to go and find something to paint. I thought about painting some of the boats or the harbour in the port area of Dún Laoghaire, but the sun was already very high and I couldn’t really see any interesting shadows or colours, just a massive glare with the sun bouncing off the sea. So I decided to walk a little bit further, and eventually I ended up here, outside the National Maritime Museum of Dublin. I chose a spot to the left of the entrance where I had a little bit of shelter to shield my sketchbook away from the sun, took out my paint kit, got comfortable and went for it. This is the result!I had to photograph the painting back in my hometown Brighton because I ran out of time to do it in Dublin before I left.Painted with watercolour & gouache. Aquarelle pad, 5.9in x 8.3in
Malahide Beach - Plein Air Painting - Dublin, IrelandI started the day by enjoying the rare bit of Irish sun, packing my bag, heading out the door and walking into central Dún Laoghaire, where I caught the train to Malahide. I got off the train, headed over to tourist information, and then began my walk towards Malahide Castle. I first enjoyed the gardens, and I really wanted to paint so much there but I didn’t know how much time I had. So I took the tour, and actually it was pretty good. I learned about the fascinating history of this medieval castle, and all about the Tallbot family who owned it, and how throughout the centuries, the castle was used as a meeting place for European nobility. I also learned that it is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Ireland, if you believe in that possibility. After Malahide Castle I headed back into Malahide town and straight to Malahide beach, where i would have to race against time to get this little plein air painting finished before my train back to central Dublin to meet up again with the fam. This was the result!Painted with watercolour & gouache. Aquarelle pad, 5.9in x 8.3inPurchase
Street Sketching in Colombia 🇨🇴 ✍A few months ago I was travelling alone through Colombia in South America. Eventually I arrived in the port city of Cartagena on Colombia’s carribbean coast. The old town here was vibrant, colourful, and full of great opportunities to sketch and paint. Think cobblestone streets, historic and beautiful Spanish colonial buildings, fruit and veg markets stalls, and lots of interesting colour and light combinations from the architecture, decoration and design. On one of my days in Cartagena I went out to explore with my watercolour & gouache kit, and I found this little spot in the street, just by a restaurant where I could have a go at Sketching the famous old building in front of me. A Colombian woman who was walking past stopped and asked to take my photo, and she did with both my phone and hers.
Window Into The Caribbean 🐠 🌴On my second to last stop in Colombia I visited the Caribbean island San Andres, where I stayed with a Caribbean run family hostel. Historically the island had been tied to the U.K, and most people speak pretty good English, mixed with a blend of their own language and with a local(ish) Jamaican sounding accent. Lovely island and the people are incredibly friendly, laid back and curious, just a shame about the alcohol abuse by many of the islanders throughout the day. I had a lot of fun joking with the head (mum) of the house and the rest of the family. I had to talk and paint in the hostel as the kids were far too curious about what I was doing.During my stay I completed a few plein air sketches, was up for sunrise most days and would run along the beach in the mornings, and then cool down in the shallow part of the sea with some more locals before going to get breakfast. One evening I ran around the island for about 45 minutes with the locals. Me and one other going all the way ahead of the others to the finish line with about 15 minutes to spare before everyone else arrived.This was the first time I had visited a Caribbean island.
Window Into The Caribbean 🐠 🌴Plein air painting on site in San Andres, Colombia March 2019.
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