Friday, 4 March 2011


I had an unusual start to my day, which was to speed dress my two boys as characters from favourite books. I'm a firm believer in leaving it until 8.00a.m the morning they are required to dress up, adds to the challenge! Half an hour later before me stood Mr Bump and Harry Potter. Mr Bump looked more like some gruesome zombie with a bandage wrapped around his head, however fortunately my son was happy with the result.
I continued to work into the ripples today trying to get an overall feel for them. I'll let this dry over the weekend, then I want to work stronger colours to the water in the foreground.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Jet-lag has returned

Groan, my jet-lag hit again big time, the tiredness I could handle, but it makes my hands shake, maybe down to too many cups of coffee and opal fruits. Today I was trying to feel the movement in the water. I'm trying to decide the most important details and simplify the detail a bit.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Ripples, ripples and reflections

More of the same today, I've decided I want to work on the foreground tomorrow and Friday, I need to get an idea of how I want to develop this. I'm still seeing this painting as details rather than a whole. I want to have a good crack at the foreground then let it dry over the weekend. I'm wondering if some glazes in the water would be good, but I need the original paint dry to apply them. I'm using water soluable paints, so I think I will make the glazes using the paint diluted down with water.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Back to painting

Feeling a little jet-lagged today, so work was slow. I started today to try to get a feel for the ripples in the background. Hoping that another good sleep tonight I'll be back on GMT again!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Stars and Stripes

Wow back from a rollercoster trip to USA, not too hard to guess where, Florida. BIG is the first thing to say, flat, no hills anywhere, sunny mid 80s all week, very dramatic!
We stayed in Orlando, we've two young kids who love the theme parks. I can honestly say I don't enjoy most of the Disney/ universal studios but if you're under 14 it seems to be a class A drug that they just can't get enough of.
I did get my own way for a few days, we did a fantastic swamp ride in an air boat gator spotting, visited the Kennedy Space Centre then saw the Discovery launch the next day from Cocoa Beach. The shuttle was absolutely amazing, I videoed it going up, all you can hear is Wow, wow,wow....from me, to describe it I'll use an American expression, awesome!