Speed trap

Outside the Casa Paolina, Lucca.  Oil on board.  8 x 10.

Outside the Casa Paolina, Lucca. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

 

Evening geraniums, Barga.  Oil on board.  8 x 10.

Evening geraniums, Barga. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

 

Pania Secca.  Oil on board.  11 x 14.

Pania Secca. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Just back from the annual trip to Tuscany.  Got a few rather mediocre paintings done.  Still have some more time off work so will be trying to get a few more under my belt, and hopefully pull the standards up a bit!

Extreme painting

Last two from the recent trip to Austria where, between bouts of falling down icy mountains, I managed to get half a dozen plein air paintings done.  The first was done near to the house we were staying in, during what the weather app on my phone rather dramatically called a snowstorm.

Falling snow, Kitzsteinhorn. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Falling snow, Kitzsteinhorn. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

The second was painted from the viewing platform at the top of Kitzsteinhorn.  The weather was pretty changeable, started out with low cloud, then cleared long enough for me to get started on this (probably over-ambitious) scene.  Then the wind got up and spindrift began blowing across the platform.  This made things rather entertaining, as the blown snow mixed with my paint and stuck itself all over the board I was using.  Pressed on long enough to get most of what I wanted into the painting, although I had to leave out the chairlift and its towers, along with a large group of intrepid / crazy skiers on their way down from just below the summit.

I finally packed up – nearly losing a lot of my gear as the tripod got blown over – when an onlooker pointed out that I was turning blue…

Austrian Alps from 3000 metres. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Austrian Alps from 3000 metres. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Ice Nine

HMS Ark Royal - work in progress. Oil on linen panel. 20 x 16.

HMS Ark Royal – work in progress. Oil on linen panel. 20 x 16.

Started this one over a year ago, didn’t like how it was going and shelved it. Something prompted me to do a re-visit, so here we are. Repainted the sky today, and worked on the ocean too; still have to repaint the ship’s wake and do a bit more work around the bow wave. I’ve gone over some of the actual ship too, trying to work in a looser, less fussy style – make it look a little more ‘painterly’. Hopefully things will work out better this time and I’ll actually get her finished…

Protex blue

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel.  40 x 50 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

Painted from a photo kindly supplied by an old friend (thanks Steve!)  Clouds bubbling up over Sardinia.  Unusually for me, I didn’t tone the canvas at all before starting in with the paint, and sketched the clouds with charcoal first.  Also used some liquin medium.  Seems to be going okay so far, but there’s still plenty of time to make a hash of it 😉