This is one of very few oil paintings I have done. I have painted or drawn this view in loads of different media and it seemed right to paint it in oils as well. Once it is dry I need to do a bit more tinkering, but this might not be a for a few weeks as the bit that needs work is white, and this takes ages to dry.
This is an oil painting of the coldest place I have ever been. The river was so cold or made your feet ache badly when you stood in it. However after about an hour walking and getting deeper, we went in over our heads. A great experience.
This is my second Southampton painting. The large cruise ship is the Arcadia and it was docked this morning when I painted this.
We are currently visiting Southampton and whilst here I took the opportunity to paint part of the ancient walls that once surrounded the city. This is a part of the wall that used to form a circular tower. I think it dates from the 14th Century.
This are my final holiday watercolours. A great two weeks has flown by and I have enjoyed painting every day. I still have more to do as I want to fill the sketchbook and improve my techniques.
This watercolour sketch is of the Green Bakery in Parga. A super place to have lunch if we can bear the heat on the walk from the pool. Lovely pies and pastries!
Had two days of trips. The first to the island of Kefkada. A lovely capital town and I took a small sketchbook and watercolour. Painted the town scene in a beach bar later. The second trip was to the Necromanteon or the gates of Hades. Then onto the Acheron River and gorge where we walked in the river where Achilles was dipped to make him immortal. Trouble was his mum didn’t dip all of him in as she held him by the foot. We dipped ourselves right in!
This watercolour sketch is a view down the road from the excellent Johnny’s bar. This seems to be the place where the Brits congregate for a sneaky beer at night… And day for that matter. Sketched on a double page of my Moleskine Sketchbook.
Drawing people is one thing I find particularly difficult. But a cooler day saw us down at the harbour capturing a few people shots. Practice makes perfect I suppose! And paintings with no people in them lack something. Onward and upwards.
This was a bit of a challenge with so many houses together in the town. I think I’ve altered the sense of it without being completely architecturally correct. It’s still a lovely place!!