A Busy Time...
It's been a little while since I've updated the blog - sorry about that! It's a busy time at the moment. I've been busy with quite a few commissions - in fact, I haven't had the chance to produce much of my 'own' work for a few weeks!
Anyway, I thought I'd wrap up the last few in one blog post. These paintings are a pair. They represent all the aircraft types and Squadron numbers that the commissioner had served on during a career in the Royal Air Force:
Firstly, 'Gassing Up'. A formation led by a Victor B2 tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling above the clouds.
It's pair is 'Flightline Beat-Up', watercolour, 52 x 35 cm. The Jaguar's flypast is not something that any flying supervisor would accept, but it's my made-up world so why not?!
Lastly, and in a nice landscape break from aircraft paintings, here's 'Glenfiddich Distillery', watercolour, 50 x 33 cm. I live in the middle of malt whisky country here in northern Scotland, so it's quite surprising that I've not painted a distillery before. Hopefully this will break the mould!
Prints are available of the second two images - please see their pages for details! Cheers for now!
Sunlight and Skies
Here are two of my new paintings which were both inspired by the weather and painted spontaneously. In the first painting, 'Autumn Cloudburst', I had been out sketching during the morning and had just returned home and was sitting in my garden. contemplating the evening when this happened in the sky. How could I resist? You can't paint this from life - the effect doesn't last long enough. Instead, I watched and took in as much detail of the scene as I could, then dashed into my studio and got to work!
In the second painting, 'Dawn Breaking near Keith', I was returning home from dropping my wife off for an early start at work. I hadn't really noticed the sky on the way into Keith, as it was still quite dark. Only a few minutes later, though, the scene was captivating! Everywhere I looked along the horizon, the early morning sky was a different colour. I have had my eye on this scene for some time, and this seemed the perfect opportunity to paint it. Luckily, I keep my painting 'go bag' in the car, so out it came. I don't think I've enjoyed doing a painting more than this one. Painting spontaneously is great fun and, when all goes well, it adds real life, sparkle and freshness to the work. I like to think that happened in both paintings here!
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.