Category Archives: Landscapes

Unity of Effect

“Go for the tout ensemble!” At art school, my teacher, Charles Cecil was keen to drum into his students certain aspects of our training and this phrase was often repeated like a mantra. He would exhort us in our painting … Continue reading

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Alpine Landscape

A few landscapes I painted recently in the alps…

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Yvoire – Landscape at Different Times of the Day

Above are three landscapes I painted this summer on Lake Geneva. All are of a mediæval village called Yvoire painted at different times of the day from the same spot. The first (early morning) painting is front lit which entailed … Continue reading

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Verticals, Horizontals and Curves

In his book Composition of Outdoor Painting, Edgar Payne mentions the effect of the direction of lines in a picture.  “The vertical line is emblematic of great height, stability and nobility. The horizontal line denotes repose and tranquility. The slanting … Continue reading

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Forest Landscape

Last week I had a couple of days with no students to teach which happened to coincide with some very sunny weather. I made the most of it by going out to the woods and painting the picture above. Last … Continue reading

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Lake Geneva

Here are a few paintings from my recent time in and around Geneva last month.  

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Pumpkins

My wife has a kitchen garden where she grows strangely shaped and vividly coloured varieties of vegetables. These are some rouge vif d’Etampes pumpkins which, as the name suggests, are redder than your average pumpkin. On winning first prize for them in the local … Continue reading

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Tunbridge Wells

Since moving to my new studio in Tunbridge Wells I have been out painting a bit in the streets. Juliet’s is a very successful teashop, just on the other side of the road from my studio. When I was painting it, … Continue reading

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Yvoire

The French side of my family comes from this village in Haute-Savoie. Yvoire, on the south (and French) side of Lake Geneva, is an almost ridiculously picturesque place and attracts millions of tourists. I was there for a few weeks this summer and although … Continue reading

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Japanese Interlude

This week while sketching these Scots pines in the woods, I was reminded of my student days in Japan where I would see many similar pines that were so typical of that country.   When I was at college in Japan, I became familiar with … Continue reading

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