Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tugboat at Wick

Sometimes a subject catches my eye, even when it isn't the sort of thing I would normally paint. In this case I think it was the saturated colours which interested me, or maybe I was inspired by René's boat paintings!


Tugboat at Wick
Acrylic, 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm


I used my usual 'Secondary Palette', but I had to use a brighter red - Scarlet Lake (Arylamide, PR188). The basic palette is:

Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Permanent Rose
French Ultramarine
Pthalo Blue (green shade)
Pthalo Green (yellow shade)

When I need a brighter red/orange or yellow I use Scarlet Lake and Winsor Yellow.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Morven in March

I painted this last week when there was still some snow on Morven. It's all gone now so maybe that is the last we will have until next winter.

The great thing about this view is that I can paint it from my back porch! There is quite a lot of moorland in front of the mountain, but I have left it out and compressed the view, in order to make the most of the dramatic outline. Compare with this.


Morven in March
Watercolour, 7 x 10m inches, 17.5 x 25 cm


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Moving Mountains

Sometimes as an artist you have to move mountains! I had painted this landscape a while ago, but looking at it again I didn't like the background and the sky. I could just have repainted them, but I thought a more open view would make a better composition, so I painted an imaginary, typical Flow Country view, behind.


Version 1 - Below Morven
Acrylic, 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm



Version 2 - Derelict Croft House
Acrylic, 8x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm