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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...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stage 7; I've finished the background sea on the left side of the picture. Now it's time to work on the foreground.

Stage 6; Here I have begun painting the sea in the background. Getting the colours 'right' is critical at this stage as these will be, broadly, the colours I will carry through the rest of the sea. It's blowiing a gale, the sea is heavy and spray is being whipped up on the crests of the waves.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stage 5; That's the sky finished, although I'm a bit worried that the light on the horizon is too bright and detracts from the overall composition, so I may tone it down. I'll see how it looks in the morning.

Stage 4; Here I'm painting in the sky - a dark, stormy canopy of cloud with a hint of sunlight on the distant horizon as the tail end of the storm passes through.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stage 3; I've added more detail to the wave forms, putting in some of the surface ripples that go with high wind. I've also slightly altered the shape of the breaking wave by moving the lower end of the main foaming crest to the right a little. Before, it had seemed to chop the picture in two down the middle.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stage 2; I've finished blocking in the composition in thin oil paint. Tomorrow I will add a little more structure and detail to the wave forms before starting to apply the paint as a finished layer.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Early stage: In thin oil paint I'm roughing in the wave forms and playing around with the position of the albatross.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

New painting - Wandering albatross: Just in the last half an hour I have started blocking in the composition. I painted a small acrylic rough version (to the right of the easel in this view) as a template because this picture is a distillation of a number of different experiences, including the very sobering one of sailing through the centre of a hurricane during the small hours of the morning!
This oil painting will, if everything goes according to plan, be auctioned to raise funds for the RSPB's 'Save the Albatross' campaign.