Remembering how to paint!

I haven’t painted since September, so as soon as I could keep my eyes open I laid out a painting and below is the finished result.    I have a couple of commissions to do before I return to the UK and really needed to get back into it quickly!

It felt so good to be painting again and I feel that I benefit hugely from taking a break.  I also find that painting something familiar is a good plan when starting out after a hiatus from painting and this scene is fondly remembered as Barry and I lived in Abiquiu for seven years.  We were lucky enough to live next door to Rick and Lori Bock, whose property goes down to the Rio Chama and I would spend many happy times wandering down to the river, lying on their benches and watching the bald eagles and ospreys as they flew higher and higher into the sky.  On the rare occasion that we had a rising mist in the bosque, I was out there with my camera, for as many of you know, I love to paint mist!

Autumn Mist, Abiquiu,  12 x 12,  Oil/linen

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very wonderful 2012 with lots of sales for you painters!

I have added a different pdf link for the Goya article as it was such a huge file and was taking too long to download for some. 

Happy New Year!


Mist and Sunlight, Scotland

12 x 24 Oil/Linen – Sold
Available at Newbury Fine Art, Boston, MA

Every time I return to the UK, I visit my friend Jasmin in Scotland. One of my favourite roads is the road to Peebles where there is a row of trees in a field which is often surrounded by early morning mist. I have painted this scene many times.