29-03-2017


Gift Shop

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

28-03-2017


Seawall & Umbrella's
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Trying to make some good use of the extra hour now the clocks have changed.

26-03-2017


Coast at La Hondura (Gran Canaria)


21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

 We walked the furthest north we could possibly go today and the weather was great.
We found some shade below a large cliff and had the coast to ourselves.

25-03-2017


Ever since I first saw this building I've wanted to paint it.
 It looks good in any weather condition and at any time of the day.

Building on Plaza de la Feria

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.



21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

20-03-2017

We went up into the mountains for the weekend.
I planned to paint a lot, but the weather had different plans.
 After climbing high up into a pinnacle-peaked forest, lightning tore the sky open and out fell a fantastic hail storm.

 Quite rare for the Canary Islands we were happily informed.
We tried to shelter under meager pines for some time but eventually admitted defeat.
This happened around 11 am each day and did not relent until we backed off the mountains.

Mountain Farms at Ayacata
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board

I painted this with one hand holding an umbrella, pulling down upon it as the wind whipped underneath to try and snatch it from me.

I did manage a couple of paintings in the early parts of the days:

Kingdom of the Bees (above Ravine of the Drowned)
 
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Cercados de Araña
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.


 And this one after some rains:

Looking West at Roque Bentayga 
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

On the day we arrived the wind and clouds were moving so quickly I began wondering how I could paint when the land was constantly in sunlight then shade, and I hit upon the 'brainwave' of painting two paintings at once - one when the sun was out, and one when it was behind cloud.

 It became a futile confusing exercise where I simply reduced my concentration on either piece and ended up not really knowing what I was even painting.


Maybe if I'm lucky I can try again in twenty years or so, when I know what I'm doing.
For now I will just stick to the one painting at a time.




12-03-2017


Sunday Parker

29.7 x 21 cm. Oil on board.

 I think I will begin a series of paintings based on cheeky parking.

There is enough of it around; and cars
 can really add some cohesion to a painting.

 Like a shiny pebble in a still life.

11-03-2017

Quiet Saturday

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

It was quite late in the afternoon when I found this spot and the light was moving really quickly past these narrow streets.

Nearly every time I looked up there was slightly different light.

Like watching an intricate sun-dial.

05-03-2017


Sunday in Triana


29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

04-03-2017


Old Walls and Fallen Palm in the Barranco de Guiniguada.


29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


27-02-2017

Plaza Trees

116 X 82 cm. Oil on canvas.

A 'studio' piece based on a plein-air from 2016.

26-02-2017

Two from today. 

Drizzly Day in the Old Town
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Santa Ana Cathedral
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

 This was a pretty quick one (just over an hour) as the light was fading.

This is another where I shoe-horned the composition onto the board
 as I could not find a suitable spot to paint from.
Even though I prefer to sight-size, I don't want to be scared of doing this, so I'm glad of the practice..

05-02-2017


Piece of the Atlantic Coast
28.5 X 80 cm. Oil on Canvas.

Based on an earlier plein-air from the rocky part of coast at the north end of Las Palmas.
It's original format was square but I never liked the lower part of the painting. 

Finally I cut it off.




21-01-2017

A couple from yesterday wandering the old town of Las Palmas (Vegueta).

Shop in the Rain
25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.

Behind the Cathedral.
21 X 29.7cm. Oil on board.

I usually work sight-size.
 I feel it helps speed up the process when I am out painting - something very important when trying to paint plein-air. However, this time the buildings prevented me from painting this scene from the angle I wanted, so I tried shoe-horning the view into my panel.

 I'm not too disappointed to tell the truth. I might try it again.

08-01-2017

View from a Window

42 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

It would have been 'boats on the beach', but I need to get nearer.

I nearly painted the wrong date in.

31-12-2016

Alright, one last post before the new year.

Painted today on Las Canteras beach, looking south towards the centre of the island.

Last Day of the Year

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Happy New Year.

29/12/2016

I thought I could post one more time before the year is up, so here are a few more plein-airs done over the last month.

 We spent some time down in the south of Gran Canaria, it was great to be outside making good use of the light again.


Boatyard in Puerto Mogan.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Sunset on Erosion.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.


Sunbathers on Las Canteras beach.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Southern Hillside.
42 X 29.7 cm. Oil on Board.

Road to Mogan.
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Poolside Diner.
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.



13-11-2016

Two pieces from yesterday.

Calle Capitan Lucena
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Este momento
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

The funny thing about neon is the more you squint, the clearer it becomes.
I sold this before I even finished it, so let the new owner name it.

14-10-2016

Quayside

A4. (29.7 X 21 cm.) Oil on board.

An hour by the docks.

12-10-2016

Street in Vegueta

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


09-10-2016

Two beach sketches
 (both A4, oil on board)

and a view of a fountain at Plaza del Espiritu Santo:
 Oil on canvas panel. 35 X 25 cm 

05-10-2016

Light shades

29.7 X 21 cm. (A4) Oil on board.

Another early dawn painting.
 I must remember to keep the time in mind. I got a bit too relaxed this morning (I was tired) and suddenly noticed the light was rapidly changing!

02-10-2016

From the Park.

29.7 X 21 cm (A4) Oil on board.

01-10-2016

Cliff Shacks

297 X 210 mm (A4). Oil on board.

30-09-2016

Dawn Caravel


21 X 29.7 cm (A4) Oil on board.

This is a full size replica of Columbus' ship La Niña near Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas.
The dawn flies were gnawing at my shins like crazy.

24-09-2016

Low Tide


21 X 29.7 cm (A4). Oil on board.

I just managed to finish this before the waves started rummaging through my bag.

21-09-2016

Tug Boat Line

30 X 42 cm. Oil on board.

It gets windy down by the port at times, so straight lines involve holding onto the board with one hand.
Boats move too. This front one was being shunted by a smaller tug to try and knock one of its buffer tyres back into position, I began to paint the smaller boat but it left fairly early on.

20-09-2016


Palms at Parque Doramas, Las Palmas.


25 X 19 cm. Oil on board.

18-09-2016

Ship by the slipway.

25 X 19 cm. Oil on panel.

 This ship looked like it had had a number of battles with harbour walls in it's time.

13-09-2016


Boats on the Beach (nocturne)


30 X 24 cm. Oil on canvas panel.

This is my second ever nocturne.
 In a way that seems odd, because they're fun, and the light doesn't change.
 Theoretically I could spend all night on the same scene.
 That luxury isn't there in the daytime.

11-09-2016


Alice
30 X 24 cm. Oil on canvas board.

Hopefully she wasn't as bored as she looks here.
This is my 3rd portrait attempt. I feel I am improving, but looking forward to trying another.

10-09-2016


It started to (lightly) rain when I started this, but I still ended up a little sun-burnt.
 I am so fair skinned I tan best on thick cloudy days.

Highway Palms.

21 X 29.7 cm (A4). Oil on board.



Below is one from a while back that I started, but we were then asked to leave as the place was closing.
 Since then my wife stuck some torn-up (antique) photo's
 onto it that we found on the road.

 It's a nice scene though, I may go back to repaint it at a better time.

Museo Nestor, Pueblo Canaria

Size: A3. Oil on board.

28-08-2016

Two sketches from yesterday.
 I got a bit sunburned painting the cargo ship, stood out in the open.
Calle Padre Cueto. Las Canteras.

Size: A4. Oil on board



Cargo Ship.

Size: A4. Oil on board