8 April 2019

Evening over the Oxford canal

Oil on board

As a young lad I used to come down to this canal with my fishing rod, and high expectations.  I do the same now - with different expectations!


5 April 2019

Moored up in Lower Heyford

Enjoyed a couple of hours painting in the garden of this lovely cafe next to the canal.  I always like the chatter with people and was very grateful for the free cuppa from the proprietor.

The end result!
Oil on board 10 x 12 inches

3 April 2019

Sunshine on the plot

This is my nearby allotments - the sun was bursting through the glass on the greenhouse but didn't last for long so I had to work really fast and finish off in the studio... A dangerous thing to do!

Oil on board.


2 April 2019

To the ford and back

As I was painting this, an old guy came past and paddled in the fast-flowing ford before marching up the hill.  I know that he lives about two miles from that spot, so a round trip of about four.  I was impressed.

Oil on board.


31 March 2019

Chastleton House

Oil on board
What a lovely old building!  I must have a root around inside sometime. 


29 March 2019


Gorgeous afternoon in Lymington yesterday.  A couple of hours painting the boats after the inevitable fish and chips! Yum!

Oil on board

28 March 2019

'Two Pears'

I must do more stilllifes!

Oil on board
10 x 8 inches, unframed.


26 March 2019

'Fishing at Somerton'

Spring morning beside this lovely spot. Nattered to the fisherman about what might be caught in the canal now - apparently trout in this section. A bit different to when I was a lad - all you could hope for was gudgeon and shopping trolleys! 

Once I'd finished I sat on the warm grass and enjoyed a picnic lunch...lovely!

Oil on board, 10 x 12 inches, unframed.

24 March 2019

Beside the Oxford Canal in Somerton

Had a good day in Somerton yesterday, beside the Oxford Canal.  Met some nice folks fishing there too before setting off to several other places to do more plein air painting.


18 March 2019

'At the bottom of the garden'

Oil on board
10 x 8 inches

I can't work for very long without feeling the urge to visit the allotments or interesting local gardens...if there's a shed nearby, then I'm not far away.


15 March 2019

'Approach to Epwell'

Oil on board, 10 x 14 inches.
Out and about painting in the lanes around my village. 

This is the second time I've painted scenes of the approach to the pretty north Oxfordshire village of Epwell.  Here's my earlier version. 



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