"Skippers Canyon, Queenstown" ( My painting of the month! ) Oils on canvas 550 x 1200mm
I've said it before and I guess at some stage, I'll say it again."Sorry, it's been so long!"
You'll know what I'm talking about of course – the huge gaps between my blogs. I'm fortunate that you people out there seem to be very forgiving and eventually, somebody will give me a gentle nudge.
The trouble is, apart from being distracted with other things, I don't feel that I've had a great deal to say just lately. I've not even been doing enough painting and we all know how easy it is to slip backwards, to lose our reckless abandon with the brushes, to stop seeing subjects as easily as we would like, if we are not painting enough.
However, I can say that I've not been entirely slacking!
I've been working quite hard on a new series of DVDs. For a long time, I have been wanting to do a series, perhaps as many as 10 or more discs that cover different aspects of painting.
Starting with the very basics – what tools/materials I've chosen to use after 48 years of experience, then moving on to the many questions that people so often ask – what colours do you use, how do you see something that will make a good painting, where should one start in a painting, how do you beat the changing light etc.
From that point, I will move on to different subjects, mainly plein air but also some work in the studio, that hopefully will cover painting mountains, coastal, buildings, even studies of things like birds and flowers and so on.
So... with a new much better quality movie camera and a more advanced editing program in my computer, I'm hoping I can get better at climbing the steep learning curve that I've taken on!
I'll let you know when the first one is available on my DVD page. Meantime.... onward and upward!