My online shop is now
open for business! I have started with unmounted prints from my limited-edition collection, but soon I will be adding my Fine Art Cards and Silk Scarves.
Meanwhile please email me at email@example.com if you want to buy Art that you can see here on the website but is not yet listed in my online sales stock.
I am delighted to say that my donation to the Children 1st Charity Art Auction held at Gordonstoun School on 31 May 2019 generated £300. My landscape-format silk painting of Tulips went to a local buyer.
Exhibition at Logie Steading Gallery
My exhibition in the Square Room of the Art Gallery at Logie Steading near Forres has now closed after a successful month, but a few of my paintings and a good selection of Prints and Cards always remain available to buy in the gallery.
For those artists that like to paint outside, winter might not seem the most promising time to paint, but it can actually be a great time to take some tuition, look at the world differently, and to think for example about how light intensity and angle both affect landscapes.
With snow on the ground or in the trees it does not take much sunshine to transform how light is bounced around and thus enable shadows to take on many colours (and directions) that you just do not see in summer. Winter skies, especially with storm clouds set against a low sun, can radically change a scene. Trees without leaves can present a complex overlay of branches and trunks that offer not just a challenge to capture effectively, but a much broader colour palette to work with than you might think.
Because winter conditions and light can change very quickly it is also a great time to be out and about with your camera (or just your smartphone) to capture source material images that you can then take back into the warmth of the studio to work on.
If you are determined to work ‘en plein air’ despite the risk of freezing watercolours and numb fingers, then you might want to think about how you can work quickly and combine media to make the most of the time and light available.
One exercise I use in tuition is to ask students to capture the same subject in several different media in a short period of time. Each medium tends to make you look at different aspects of the subject in different ways. The time pressure helps to make you more expert at seeing the essential elements, those things that support good composition and convey the real emotion of the scene.
Winter tuition is also an excellent way to explore how different types of artificial light affect what you see on the paper or canvas as you paint. It may sound strange, but if you are painting something to hang in a particular place in your home or gallery, a space that is illuminated with a particular kind of light (especially artificial light from some “energy efficient” bulbs), it can be a bit of a shock to find that what looked great in summer sunlight when you painted it is killed by the lighting it is hung in!
If you would like to visit my studio please send me an email and we can arrange a time to suit you.
I am updating my website for online sales, but until that is done, if you are interested in buying my paintings, silks, limited-edition prints or fine art cards, please email me via my contact form and I will get back to you!