From Sketch to Finished Painting

My painting process starts with some sketches to consider my composition, study my subject and refine my ideas about what I want to express. “Strand at Sunset, Dunmore East” focuses on the drama of the warm evening light on the cliff face, the deep shadow patterns, and the directional force of the tide pools and banks of seaweed, drawing the eye into the distance. The light is changing fast, so I start with a reference photo A quick sketch in pen and ink allows me to study the rock strata and the shapes of the seaweed masses And a “notan”…

Travel Sketching in Dubrovnik

Wonderful week with our group of artists in April, sketching and painting the historic city of Dubrovnik and the beautiful Adriatic coast of Croatia. We had joined the Travel Department “Discover Dubrovnik” tour, staying in the lovely Valamar Tirena Hotel outside the city by the sea. This was our perfect base, quiet and peaceful, yet a very short distance by bus from the Old Town. April weather was cool and sunny, and we enjoyed strolling and sketching the city before the Summer crowds arrived. Our local guide Suzanna brought the group on a guided walking tour of the Old Town…

My Workshop Checklist

Starting to gather my materials for my upcoming oil painting workshop “Coast” in Artform, Dunmore East on July 1st 2019. Looking forward so much to spending four full days with fellow artists, painting the beautiful coastal scenery of the area, with the bright, spacious Artform studio as our base. http://www.artform.ie So here’s what I’ll be packing: This is my Plein Air Oil Painting kit – box easel (half size), box of painting supplies, small backpack to hold canvas, sketchbook, drawing materials, water bottle, rain jacket, sunscreen. This allows me to carry the easel in one hand, the box in the…

My Sketching Materials

Reviewing my sketching kit in preparation for our Travel Sketching workshop in Dubrovnik in April 2019. My most important consideration in selecting my materials is to keep my kit as simple, compact and lightweight as possible.  All the items below, except for the sketchbook fit in a small pencil case.   SKETCHBOOK My preference is for a hardback watercolour sketchbook in a size A5. The hard cover allows you to work without a table or board, and the size is compact, while allowing for a larger spread across 2 pages.  These are my favourites:   Stillman and Birn Zeta 5.5 x…