I was thinking of changing the title of this to "sweetheart" but then thought that I could paint the follow ups ! , "Is it a plane" and "no its Superman"
Jack is pretty much daydreaming here, he will spot something, like a tractor in the distance then kind of daydream it away, still looking at it even though its gone, I would'nt snap him out of it though.
Getting lost in our dreams has got to be good for us, not if your a airline pilot mind you! or even "worse" a Daydreaming Dentist !!
This painting is taken from a photo I took while walking up Dean Street on the banks of the Tyne In Newcastle , I will be going back to the same spot soon to catch the legs of the men and women( to paint ) on there nights out, I will have to watch my self though as people sometimes do not like to be photographed , especially when they have had a drink or two in the bigg market ! I could find myself "in" the Tyne, as well as Photographing it !
Another of Jack, I take him fishing down to the river Tyne at corbridge, he uses the fishing as a excuse to paddle in the water, on this day he had caught no minnows and had just fallen in to a puddle so was quite down about all this.
All of my sons have at some point had a pet , whether it be a parrot or gold fish kids love animals, my son Christopher once had a hamster called Lenny , he named it himself , I always thought it was a great name for a Hamster, may make a interesting painting !This is another painting of Jack with our dog Charlie.
This oil painting was taken from a photo i took of Jack running through the woods at the back of our house, sometimes he runs the whole distance of our walk, not stopping at all, some of it is up hill , all through the woods and he really does not stop , our walk must be two sometimes three miles.
At other times i have to carry him all the way but i dont mind ,after standing still painting all day, its a good work out.
I often wonder, when out walking with him, how far a three year old could walk in one go, i am starting to think its further than his dad can !.
Colin is not a smoker by the way "unlike me", I have just painted another large version of this today but will wait until it is dry to add the waft of smoke .
I had no intention to give up smoking on this day, "the 8th" this note is added one week later "the 15th", I have not had a cigarette since painting this waft of smoke ! I have been smoking for 27 years !
Note : Still not had a cigarette 17/8/2009
Note : Still not had one 16/9/ 2009 Note : Still off them 23/1/2010 Note : Still not a single one 23/3/2010 Note : Not on your Nelly 8/9/2010
I like painting these scenes viewed from above, I may do a large painting of this one in a week or two. Its a whole different ball game when your painting on a large scale, a lot of self confidence is required as you are on top of the painting and need to be painting from 20ft away to view it properly.
A good tip here is to paint with a large mirror behind you "as I always do" then you not only get the distance but see the piece in reverse which helps " Big Time"
Just using the title Quick March for now as I aint got the time to sit and think of one at the moment, not that I am busy selling hundreds of paintings ! just busy painting and trying to settle on a theme, thinking of paintings ahead !!
This is a painting of my good friend Colin,I first painted Colin many years ago, When I took a break from painting for a while I worked with him as a Landscaper, a very hard working man and he is the nicest bloke you could meet.
Oil on board 13"x13" I took a photo of these Two guys walking up a back lane in town just of Dean Street ( Newcastle ), I wonder where they work that requires a pink shirt , not that theres anything wrong with a man who wears a pink shirt, I wear a pink shirt now and again, not shocking pink mind you, its kind of washed out pink , OK its white with a hint of red.
I am pleased with the out come of this painting, as I have said before , I like to work fast with very bold brush work , this just went right for me .
I did learn something from this painting but i am not telling you what it was !! not until I know you better.
Back from London, I love London, interesting looking character's from all over the world , all busy, all rushing around doing there thing.
If I stand on a street corner sketching or taking photographs in Hexham or Newcastle people tend to notice but in London no one seems to care.
I have always been a people watcher ( sounds a bit wierd! ) I think most of us are interested in what others are doing, I am intensely interested in watching the expressions, movement, mannerism's and attitudes of everyday people.
Only in the past year have I started to paint people on a "regular basis" and I am really enjoying it, simple observations of normal everyday situations can say so much.
Trying to capture a brief moment in some ones life is to me a little bit of poetry.
Anyway I will stop rambling on, the trip to London was worthwhile, I will soon be exhibiting at a Gallery in the west end of London.
One of the frames on one of the two paintings I took to Enter into the Threadneedle Prize for Art was broken almost in half on the flight as Stupid me forgot to ID them as fragile ! so they ended up with around four tonnes of holiday lugage on top of them .
I did manage to sort of repair it with sellotape but I was gutted after I had dragged them half way across London.
I am of to London on Monday to enter two paintings in to the Threadneedle Prize for art at the Mall Galleries, while I am there I am showing my work to a Gallery in the Marylebone area of London so wish me luck please !
I was in morpeth a few days ago and went to photograph the stepping stones over the river Wansbeck, this little girl just happened to be there at the time, she was running to and fro over the stepping stones looking for minnows. Note : She did have a fishing net !!
This is the last post for a week or so as I will be exhibiting at the Moothall Hexham from 1st to 7th June, The Moothall is a lot like a old dungeon , infact it was a court room 800 years ago or so, A small Exhibiting room within a very old stone building with walls 4ft thick and a stone spiral stair case that you are not allowed access to !! its brilliant at the top "Shh"
I was a little doubtful as to the outcome of this painting as its difficult to paint colour in shade, before I started it I had decided to bin it so I was not worried about painting it quickly , which I always do, anyway its worked out ok, so I will keep it .
Another painting of High Bridge , a small road in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne that connects the Big Market to Grey Street. I had originaly worked on a few sketches and one painting while actualy in the street but found it difficult to paint the figures from life, small figures are no problem but if the figure dominates the painting I must work in the studio. I have been sitting out side in Corbridge Market Square and at Tesco sketching people quickly as they wander in and out to get some practice in, unbelievably I once got moved on as people didnt like me looking at them and someone complained, I must say that made my blood boil. This painting is on display at Off The Wall Gallery, Corbridge Northumberland. There is a a large version of this painting also it is 24"x12"
This painting was "started" out doors,the street is High bridge Newcastle Upon tyne, the painting was finished in the studio as it was to difficult to complete the two girls outside, I think I was more than a little ambitious to concentrate on the figures rather than just the street and there is to much detailed brush work, the next Plein Air painting will not include such close up figures and will be very loose.
My paintings are completed using oil on board, linen or cotton canvas,i have been painting for a living for 30 years. I paint simple observations of people and city street scenes, my intension is simply to paint on and enjoy, I have exhibited throughout the UK and in the USA . This blog will be updated with new work and Exhibition information every now and again. Thanks for stopping by.