A ‘perfect day’ in the studio

It seems that the lovely spell of weather has forsaken us for the time being, so I have been busy in the studio with my acrylics. I recently picked up a couple of wonderful books by E John Robinson and Dave White on painting seascapes. The first one in oils and the last one in acrylics. They are superb and inspiring books. I didn’t, however want to copy anything in there slavishly, but I did want to work on the techniques outlined. So I set to with an idea in my head and sort of made it up as I went along. My palette was:

Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow and plenty of Titanium White.

Total painting time was about 3 hours. I’m getting used to painting with acrylics now, and I am not as wary of them as I was at the first. Anyway, there is room for improvement, but I’m quite pleased with the way this turned out.

Happy painting everyone.


A Perfect Day
A Perfect Day. Acrylic on Canvas Board. 16″x12″.

Another Trip To Bude

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, so I thought I’d put keyboard to iMac. Today’s trip was to Bude. This is becoming a regular haunt for me to paint these days, but there are so many subjects there and the weather always seem to be kind, if a little breezy. Anyway. Todays subject was the Castle. I was itching to try out my new set of proportional dividers that I purchased on eBay. So I set up by the Bandstand with my trusty pencil in hand, measuring dimensions and angles. The dividers are absolutely brilliant. Can’t think how I managed without them. Trouble is it took me so long to accurately draw the building, I ran short of time as lunch was fast approaching. Also the UEFA football kicked off on the green in front of the Castle in the shape of several young lads. Now I wasn’t going to tell them that no ball games were allowed, so I red-carded myself to the safety of the tearoom before any stray footballs put paid to my easel. After lunch I just lazed about for an hour before heading for home. No time to finish what I started. I’ve continued with the painting tonight, but I still haven’t finished it yet. I’ll post it here when it’s completed. It’s another pastel.

Bye for now.


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Bude Castle – Pastel on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper. 35cmx25cm.