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River Nadder. Salisbury water meadows
It’s strange how when you start a painting you have a firm idea in your mind of how you want to paint it, and how you want it to look. With the Llanstaffan paintitng this worked pretty well. With this one, it didn’t.
That doesn’t mean that I”m displeased with the outcome, I think it’s generally OK, but it has more detail than I intended. I suspect it’s the nature of the composition that subconsciously determines the outcome.
River Nadder. Salisbury water meadows (2)
I’ve noted before, that it’s strange how when you start a painting you have a firm idea in your mind of how you want to paint it, and how you want it to look. As I wrote, with the Llanstaffan painting this worked pretty well. With this one, it was not so bad, except I disliked the foliage in the left foreground
Once again, that doesn’t mean that I’m displeased with the outcome, I think it’s OK, but it has more foreground than I intended.
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.
Salisbury Water Meadows (3)
This is the last in the series of three small paintings of Salisbury Water Meadows. This one is the only oil in the set of three, and I particularly wanted to do this in oils as I felt that the texture of the old brickwork would paint better and be more effective in oils. I also wanted to capture the effect of the straw like reeds on the banks, which I thought might be more effective painted in oils.
Overall I am pleased with the colours and the fact that the brushwork turned out to be pretty much as I hoped it would be.
Somewhere in Bruges?
I selected this image because I was keen to try out a nw technique (new to me), and an architectural theme seemed to be a way to go about it…or so I thought!
I think this is an image I made in Bruges ages ago, and what I was trying was watercolour over pen, rather than the reverse, which is what I have always done. For this I had to buy some new waterproof fine liner pens, to avoid the ink bleeding into the colour. The pens (Steadler) are very good and I like them. Not expensive, I’m glad I acquired them.
St Giles Church, Norwich from Grapes Hill flyover
St Giles is a well known medieval church, and in an old and interesting part of the city. The usual view would be from the street in which it lives, surrounded by old town houses and a popular bistro style shopping area.
This view is not picturesque or romantic. It looks at the tower of the church across the backs of the shops and town houses, and takes in car parks and yards.
It was the ordinariness, and the rooftops that attracted me, but when I came to paint it, the sky was the thing that I very much liked.
Street Cafe. Clifton. Bristol
Street Cafe. Clifton. Bristol. ( acrylic on acrylic board) (A3. Unframed) On a recent sketching/photographic trip to Bristol, I concentrated on either dockland scenes or city scenes. This was from some of the city images that I collected. On … Read More
Summer on Norwich Market
I didn’t think I would be painting any more scenes of Norwich Market, when I saw this one. I thought it was colourful and lively, and I liked the figures that made it interesting, so I have included it.
I have to say I have struggled with this and maybe it shows. I found painting all the background stalls with hanging clothes and piles of bedding, or whatever it is, rather tiresome, and it was more like colouring in than painting. The original that I was working from, was of poor quality which made it more difficult, and I felt that the whole thing was becoming messy.
I worked hard on the figures and the foreground, and I feel they were stronger, though far from perfect, and as such they do a job at holding the composition together.
Sunset at Llanelli
I must admit this is a most beautiful coastline and a glorious place to walk, cycle, or merely sit and paint. It offers just about everything, and as you can see, the sunsets are pretty formidable.
I thought this view particularly dramatic. It’s hard not to exaggerate the colours. I am very happy with the sky and sea, but struggled to get the rocks right.
Hope you like it
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Sunset over North Norfolk
Sunset over North Norfolk (Acrylic on Acrylic Board) (A3 Unframed) This was a commission and posed a significant challenge. It’s a difficult subject and not the kind of composition I usually attempt. However, as it had particular significance for the customer, … Read More
The Blue Boat
The Blue Boat on Acrylic Board (A3 Unframed)
This is another from the Cornwall sketch book. To be honest I’m not quite sure where it is. The sketch had come loses and separated from the book and there was no writing on it to state its whereabouts. I think it’s Mousehole, in fact I’m pretty sure it is, as I have done one or two views of the place, and this seems to match up, but in case I have got it wrong (won’t be the first time!), I’m calling it ‘The Blue Boat’, for pretty obvious reasons!
The Early Ferry; Lymington
Since the annual change of the clocks for winter, and the adjustment in times, especially on some brisk frosty mornings, meant that I have been privilege to witness some truly spectacular sunrises. I have stopped and stared for ages at the magnificence that surrounds me, so close to home. I often grab my iPhone and take some snaps.
Consequently I have collected a number of dramatic sunrise images. This paintitng is based on one of them.
I chose oils for this pic because I wanted to be able to make better use of the paints, and oils offer greater, more flexible ways of working. It’s only a small canvas, but I found the early morning light gave a strange eeriness to the glow trough the mist, and I couldn’t resist the composition I had snapped.
The early morning ferry leaving Lymington at sunrise
Every morning on weekdays, throughout the year at 0700 I undertake a daily walk.
On cloudless winter days, especially when frost abounds, the sunrise emerging over the Isle of Wight and then across The Solent is other worldly. Colours are too majestic to describe or capture, and the light is blazing, both in the sky and on the reflected water.
Thus to try to paint them can never do them justice. The differences between sunrise and sunset are, sunrise is easterly, whilst sunset is in the west, and during sunrise you watch the light and colours emerge, starting with a tiny speck and exploding across the horizon, whereas with sunset, you observe the light and colours fade and fail, finally disappearing into the last atom of minute light.
The Lych Gate at W Chiltington Church. South Downs
The Lych Gate at W Chiltington Church. South Downs Acrylic on Acrylic Board (approx A3) (Unframed) This painting took a little longer than most. I have already painted the church in A4 format, a very fine 11th Century listed building. … Read More
The Needles from The Solent
The Needles from The Solent Painted by Frank Callaghan. Acrylic on Board (24 cm x 42 cm) (Unframed) This composition was taken from a photograph taken by Karen Fontaine (In The Frame, Highcliffe. Dorset. Picture Framer and Photographer). She kindly … Read More
The Old Bridge at Hannam, Salisbury
The Old Bridge at Hannam, Salisbury Oil on Canvas (12 inches x 8 inches) (Unframed) This is also what I call a ‘quickie’.I painted this in just two days. By pure serendipity I used something of a different technique. Sometimes, … Read More
The Old Lighthouse Gorleston
The Old Lighthouse Gorleston Painted by Frank Callaghan. Oil on Canvas. (12 inches x 16inches) (Unframed) After my trip to Gorleston-on-Sea, I collected quite a lot of material, some of it dockland, which was my original reason for going, some … Read More