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This page displays recent paintings and works in progress. If you would like to post a comment on any of the pictures on this page, or read other people's comments, click on 'comments' under the relevant picture and follow the instructions. I look forward to hearing from you...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stage 9 - I've almost completed the grass now. The bottom few inches are partly done and the bottom right corner is as yet untouched. The addition of these stronger greens has helped to lift the colour values of the picture.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Stage 8 - I've completed the background hillside and the juncus sedge and am about to start working on the grass.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stage 7 - I've started working on the distant hillside at the back in opaque colour. I make up a good quantity of the four or five colour mixes I need, in sealable pots. As acrylics dry very quickly this allows me to work on a passage of the painting over a few days without the need to re-mix colours to match areas I have already painted.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Stage 6 - I've finished putting the basic colours in on the birds so now the whole painting is broadly roughed out and I can see at this early stage if I think it is working and what might need changing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stage 5 - I've started putting in some 'local colour' on the birds. The paint is being applied quite quickly and relatively crudely at this stage, just to give me an idea of how the picture as a whole is shaping up.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stage 4 - Still using fairly thin paint I have blocked in the main areas of colour for the background: the grassy field; the line of rushes at the back of the field; an area of long, dry grass behind and then a heather-clad hillside rising beyond it.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Stage 3 - I've finished 'drawing' in the geese refining shapes and adjusting positions until I was happy with the overall look. As this was done in thinned down paint, which dries very quickly, it allows me to add colour now without disturbing the underlying drawing.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Stage 2: The geese are taken from sketches made on Islay and from watching slowed down video footage which enabled me to really see what was going on with those wings! I'm starting to get more of a feel for how the painting might look at this very early stage.