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Lymington High Street early morning
Every morning on weekdays, throughout the year at 0700 I undertake a daily walk. In the summer this might often be in The Forest, but in the wet winter months it follows a trail down to the salt marsh, the yacht basin, estuary, Town Quay and back up the High Street.
The last bit is a bit of a climb, and as it approaches 0800 the town, even in lockdown, is beginning to come to life.
On a cold , sunny morning I decided to grab some images. This is one of them. Painting it, I have tried to keep it loose and unfussy. Whether I’ve succeeded is up to you.
Lymington Salt Marsh
Acrylic on Acrylic Board (circa A4) (Unframed)
This was an experiment. I decided to approach this small A4 oil sketch in a different way. I applied underpainting straight to the primed board without any marking out, and then drafted an approximate image over the under painting.
After that I painted this intentionally quickly, using only small and medium sized bristle brushes.
I began to get somewhere near t the effect that I was seeking, but not quite.
Maryport Acrylic on Acrylic Board (A3 Unframed)
I visited Maryport whilst on a trip to The Lakes a couple of years ago. Going there was an afterthought, and I arrived late on a beautiful summer’s evening. At first I was not overly impressed by the town, perhaps not arriving at the best of times, as it had pretty much shut down for the day. However, when I reached the harbour my spirits were lifted.
The harbour is an interesting collection. Many of the boats looked well used and rather past their best, which of course makes them interesting, whilst the harbour surrounds were pretty much new waterside development, affording interesting marine views.
This made for an incongruous mix, and as I was painting this, I found myself, at one stage, almost doing two separate paintings. The new style development of buildings, I was painting accurately, almost like an architectural image, whereas the boats were receiving a broader and more loose treatment.
The evening light provided some stark tonal contrasts, and I wrestled with these duding the painting, but overall, I feel quite happy with the final outcome
Misty Light at St Ives Harbour (Copy)
Misty Light at St Ives Harbour Acrylic on Acrylic Board (A3 Unframed) I have already produced an acrylic of my trip to Moushole which was in early spring, and I have also produced three or four water colours/pen and ink … Read More
Mount Pleasant MIll: Kirston in Lindsey
Mount Pleasant MIll: Kirston in Lindsey (Pen over Water Colour on Water Colour Paper) (A4 Unframed) This is the final pen over water colour wash in a series of Mount Pleasant Mill, at Kirston in Lindsey. The mill is a few … Read More
Mousehole alleyway. Cornwall
Mousehole alleyway. Cornwall Acrylic on acrylic board (A3) (Unframed) This was the result of my recent trip to Cornwall. I started in Mousehole, further west than I have previously travelled on the UK mainland. A beautiful place to visit. I … Read More
Norwich Castle from The Forum
The Castle I suppose is an equally iconic Norwich view, but perhaps not this particular view. As I wander I like to find what is perhaps a less obvious or well rehearsed view of a famous image. This one I believe fits that description, because it’s not a full on view across the multi coloured market stalls, which is the usual angle taken by photographers.
I like this because of the building to the right part shields the view, and the terrific contrast it gives of light and shade, and in particular I like the large chimneys standing statuesque in front of the Castle, The tree is amazing, a myriad of twigs and branches, and more interesting in this December view where it is gloriously leafless. A bit difficult to paint, but worth the effort I felt.
Norwich from Mousehold
The idea of doing this was a preliminary to doing a similar scene as an A3., and hopefully doing this smaller version first, it might assist me in finding a way to paint in a looser style.
I’m pretty happy with the middle ground, but I feel I got a bit lost in the foreground.
Norwich from Mousehold Heath
I’ve painted this exact scene once before, except it was in A4 format. I wanted to paint it again and use the larger A3 format so that I could more easily widen the vista just a bit, both east and west, to include a few more landmarks, in particular, to the east, St John’s Catholic Cathedral, and St Giles Church just to the fore of the cathedral.
That’s a part of the city I very much enjoy as it contains Willow Lane, where I went to junior school. No longer a school, now I believe solicitor’s offices. What else?
NY Construction site 42nd Street
NY Construction site: 42nd Street Painted by Frank Callaghan. A new york construction site captured in an acrylic painting by Frank Callaghan. Acrylic on Board (42 cm x 29 cm) (Unframed) On a hot day, I had walked The Highline … Read More
Pen over water colour: Inside Carmel Priory
Pen over water colour: Inside Carmel Priory (Pen over water colour on water colour paper) (A4 Unframed) This was a sketch from the South Lakes sketch book. Carmel Priory is a beautiful building, both inside and out. It has all the … Read More
Polperro Harbour Cornwall. A3 Acrylic on Acrylic Board
A3. acrylic on acrylic board. Polperro Harbour, Cornwall Unframed This painting was produced from images collected on a recent trip to Cornwall. It was composed from sketches and photographs. Polperro is a delightful small Cornish, one time fishing village, with … Read More
Post in Normandy Lane, Lymington. A4 Water Colour on Water Colour Paper
A4. Water colour on water colour paper: Post in Normandy Lane, Lymington. Unframed This water colour was produced after a Sunday afternoon walk around the Lymington sea wall, and back along old Normandy Lane. At the time of year … Read More
Power Station viewed across farm land: Knaish Park
Power Station viewed across farm land: Knaish Park (Acrylic on Acrylic Board) (A3 Unframed) I first saw this view of the Power Station in the spring when visiting Gainsborough, and was really keen to paint it. Therefore I returned in the … Read More
Railway Graveyard: Lydney Steam Railway
Railway Graveyard: Lydney Steam Railway Acrylic on acrylic board (A4) (Unframed) I did this from images sketched and photographed on a trip earlier this year to The Forest of Deane. I stayed near Lydney, and being a succour for steam … Read More
River Avon, Salisbury Town Centre
on a sunny day in Salisbury, wandering around the town purchasing art materials, and looking at the market, it seemed a good idea to have some lunch. This cafe, The Salisbury Orangery, used to be, for many years, an art shop, called I think, ‘The Complete Artist’, or similar
The building has had a very fine restoration done to it, and is now a cafe that serves excellent coffees and food.
On a hot day, I sat outside on a Bench overlooking the river, and this was the view.
iPhone to hand I took some snaps, and this is the resulting painting.
I showed great patience painting. all the detail and there was much use of the detail brush. I’m quite pleased with the foliage and the water. but the buildings feel stark and lacking vigour. But overall a pleasing composititon.
River Cam below Jesus Green, Cambridge
River Cam below Jesus Green, Cambridge Acrylic on board (Circa A3 ) (Unframed) This is the second image taken from when I visited Cambridge for a few days in very early spring. Although sunny and clear, it was very cold, … Read More
River near Salisbury
This painting is taken from a photograph sent to me by my pal Christine, who saw this view on her early morning run, and stopped to snap it on her camera.
I really liked the composition, and after a bit of artistic license edting, this is what I painted.
The reflections were particularly appealing as they are pretty much a mirror image.
On this I have tried very hard to be broader and a bit less immediate with the marks I have made. It started off well enough with broad background under-painting, but the detail of foliage once more drew me in.
River Wensum. Norwich
River Wensum, Norwich on Acrylic Board (A3 Unframed)
I have to be very honest and admit that I saw this, as a photograph, shared on Social Media. It’s a view of my much loved home city, and an image I know well. I thought it was a super photograph and it just captured that part of the old city with which I was once so familiar. When `I lived thereI took it ll for granted, and now I live a distance from it, I miss it immensely.
As I had no intention of duplicating the photograph itself I felt sure that it wouldn’t cause any offence if I used it for a painting. I loved the reflections of the foliage and buildings in the water, although before I started the painting, I had no idea just how much trouble they would cause me to paint them.