New..everything is new! Not much sign of it at the moment but with each passing day the evenings draw out a little more, minute by minute. It's this small measurement of time that holds some promise of renewed energy and light that keeps me going at this dark time of year.
|John enjoying the good conditions on new Years Day|
|Sketchbook this week|
|Cheviots in the distance|
|Oil & wax on canvas|
Finding ways round visual dilemmas and problems in painting is an ongoing task. Same old advice but worth remembering....just leaving the studio for a while and doing something else helps to put things into perspective. It's maybe not all that bad after all or it is! Either way it's best to get a little distance, painting certainly isn't an exact science and obvious solutions often only occur after a little time out.
|Applying a bit more white when the underneath layer was dry helped to resolve the problems.|
|Colour in nature never ceases to amaze me|
|Lovely lichen covered tree at Hepburn|
|Through the trees|
Places and locations stay in your memory helping to build up a library of information which you can draw on when back in the studio.
The way the landscape looks at this time of year is so beautiful at times. The late afternoon skies are always changing and watching them closely it's wonderful to see how the fading light creates drama and intrigue everywhere you care to look.
|End of the week climbing fun|
|On the way home|
|Keeping it real!|