Tag Archives: Landscape painting

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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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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Alps in the Snow

Below are a few landscapes I painted in the alps after my recent Geneva exhibition. The main trick to painting outdoors successfully in cold weather is quite simply to keep warm. I find getting cold feet while painting quickly saps my concentration. It is worth investing in … Continue reading

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Landscape composition

One of the aspects of learning to paint I found frustratingly slow to grasp was how to compose  a landscape. I eventually came across Composition of Outdoor Panting by Edgar Payne – a jewel of a book. Payne gives some ten or … Continue reading

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Around Lake Geneva

Every year I spend a week or two near Lake Geneva and usually manage to paint a few landscapes while I am there. This time I painted a few sketches in the alps just south of the lake as well … Continue reading

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