Oil painting experiences, tips and advice.

'Brixham Harbour' Oil on Board.

en plein air

'Brixham Harbour' Oil on Board.

Brixham Harbour is a world famous fishing town with a 5:1 replica of the Golden Hind and a statue of William the 3rd, or better known as William of Orange, who sailed ashore in the late 17th century and liberated the country from the Catholic heretic James the 2nd. Securing the protestant faith for the remainder of his reign.   Buy the painting here.   Today was a busy Saturday, balmy august with teams of people exiting the small ferry port from Torquay onto the Brixham Harbour wall that shelters the fishing port. Nets and ropes are piled high along...

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Dartside Quay.

en plein air

Dartside Quay.

 I regularly visit Dartside Quay, a small harbour along the river Dart, tucked away at the head of Galmpton Creek with views accross to Dittisham and walks to Greenway. Just south from here is the historic fishing village of Brixham.  A fishing boat perches restlessly between the dilapidated stone wall and its mud mooring.  The proud vessel seems isolated and out of place. It sits like an eager dog anticipating the return of his owner and another adventure at sea. Waiting quietly, patiently, watching the activity of the Chandlery that provides a host of services to owners of weekend vessels that swan aimlessly up the River Dart to...

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Painting in the rain and moving a forest near Berry Pomeroy Castle.

Painting in the rain and moving a forest near Berry Pomeroy Castle.

 'Pond Below Pomeroy Castle' oil on board. Purchase here.   When painting en plein air, it seems only natural to wait for the sun to come out and the sky to clear. On days like those, the Chroma is high and the tonal range is at full stretch from deep, rich darks, to bright, sparkling highlights. There are still challenges in this environment, and an umbrella to shield your pallet and painting surface from the glare of the sun is a must. But its much more leisurely when the weather is fine.   Sometimes though, its cloudy, sometimes it rains…. OK...

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