Bass Rock

Bass Rock

I will forever think of this painting as my 'lockdown painting'. I started it at the beginning of lockdown (late March/early April), when everyone was at their most fearful, not knowing what this new illness was... locked away in our own homes and spaces. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed painting it, it took my thoughts away from the initial panic and loneliness of lockdown. This is a 'keep-sake' painting. The canvas is the largest I've worked on, 40 x 30 ins. I had bought it a few years back from a charity…continue reading →
By the Lilac Hills

By the Lilac Hills

I throughly enjoyed trying out this technique for these little cottages set in a Scottish landscape. The whole painting was experimental for me, (i.e. out-with my normal style), and I was inspired by Will Kemp's amazing teaching techniques. I will be trying out a few of his videos as I go, and hope to learn new techniques along the way. His work and teaching methods can be found here:- Will Kemp Art School I'm a slow-painter, and quite careful, using small brushes (depending on what I'm painting), this helped free me up, I…continue reading →
Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm

This is my first attempt at experimenting with palette knives. I recently attended a workshop with artist Susan Forsyth, who specialises in coastal paintings, very inspiring! I have tried sea-scapes before without much success, but using palette knives seemed to free me up, and allow the painting to take shape. I enjoyed the texture that was created with the knives, although I did find them harder to use than I thought I would. There's definitely a technique to using them, and I had to resist the desire or impulse to go over it…continue reading →