Wednesday, 1 April 2009

New beginnings and old favourite

Another mixed bunch. Sheila and I went over to the Lake District for a few days respite from family weddings, baptisms and other events. I managed to sneak in the painting tackle and even got out to apply brush to paper or canvas. Unfortunately the paint time that I managed coincided with the worst light conditions so these are a little flat but do provide the basis, along with photographs, for further paintings. The first is a page from my watercolour sketch book and the second a small canvas panel. Both of these completed en plein air.

Aira Force - Watercolour on Not paper 12"x 10"

Eagle Crag - Oil on canvas panel 10" x 8"

Back home to my Norfolk piece that is starting to grow on me. It has been the source of much learning, particularly about the use of mediums to layer paint and produce luminosity. In the flesh there are some interesting passages where lower layers of colour seem to glow through the upper layer. I think that the piece is about finished, certainly for the time being and I will put it aside for a while.

Norfolk Creeks - Oil on stretched canvas 40" x 30"


rob ijbema said...

i like the oil mick
the colors and composition are well balanced
and it gives a good sense of scale and being there...
i think the norfolk painting is finished...on to the next

Pam Holnback said...

Enjoyed visiting your blog. We are all continually striving to improve our painting. It's a lifelong passion..Great work.

Mick Carney said...

Rob - Thanks. I agree, time to move on. Need to find some PA time to boost stock of sketches and reference material.

Pam - Thanks for calling by and for your kind comment.