art, autumn, Connemara, Ireland

Looking across the Renvyle peninsular

Many times I’ve looked at this view from the position of the Renvyle House Hotel with the castle ruin and the sea in the far distance. I’ve attempted to get a bid of moodiness in here using a very limited colour palette.

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art, Connemara, Ireland, watercolours

Connemara 2019

Once again I had the privilege of spending five days at the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara painting under the kind tutelage of the best watercolorist in England today, John Hoar. These five are all paintings of scenes nearby. It’s an astonishingly beautiful part of the world and the hotel, with its friendly staff, magnificent restaurant, turf (peat for the uninitiated ) fires and Connemara single malt, is a wonderfully stress free zone.

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art, autumn, Line and wash, painting, watercolours, welsh border

Autumn Walk

There seems to be an autumnal theme in my current paintings. Maybe because we here in the UK have had a unusually warm and sunny summer, I’m driven to think of the beauty of the sudden cooler days and gradual changes of the leaves to vibrant russets, reds and oranges. Anyway, this scene is of the Welsh/Shropshire border near where my oldest and dear friend Mike lives. We went walking here in June.

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art, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Line and wash, painting, watercolours

Line and wash

Sometimes I like to use a bamboo and matchstick ‘pen’ with Indian ink to create a picture to be then painted with watercolour. A matchstick is much better than a commercially bought pen because if you sharpen it into a wedge you can get both fine and thick lines and you can add texture by shading.

Here’s a picture of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol UK using this method.

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