The winter blues, and greys.

In winter I've noticed that the colours I use become more restricted and I favour earthy colours like yellow ochre, indian red, vandyke brown. I suppose this is a reaction to the colours around us, as winter drains the landscape of colour. Grey tones can be beautiful...

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Favourite Painter 1 – Ivon Hitchens

This a painting by Ivon Hitchens, an English 20th century painter. He painted lots of these panoramic and almost abstract landscapes. His broad brushstrokes and muted colours make his work immediately distinctive. He isn't well know outside of the art world and many...

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Seizing the power

Painting isn't a question if sensibility ; it's a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice. - Picasso, talking about Bonnard. This is a great quote from Picasso about his fellow artist...

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Favourite pigments

In the best 'Smash Hits' interview tradition, here's a few of my favourite colours... French Ultrmarine My most used blue. It's ideal for skies. Add one of the brown pigments for a cool gray. Can be added to almost any colour to knock it back and give the illusion if...

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The colour changing square optical illusion

Here's an optical illusion that has a real effect on the way artists paint. It's the colour changing square illusion. Hint: the square doesn't actually change colour. What happens is that the background changes and the square appears lighter on a dark background and...

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Is the internet driving the art gallery boom?

The Internet has encouraged the public's appetite for visiting galleries and viewing original art, says Steven Murphy, who should know as he used to be in charge of the international side of Christies In an article in CNN he says: Similarly, museum and gallery...

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Perfect spring weather

I was painting this view earlier today and sitting under the beech trees by the side of the Rivington Reservoir I was struck by how this year's fine weather has given us days of purest spring light. It might be my imagination but the atmosphere seems to be clearer...

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Finished painting: Winter sunshine, beach and mountains

This painting reminds me how much a painting can change during its creation. It went through several stages and at one time it looked like this: But several iterations later it looks radically different. Mountains appeared, people disappeared and reappeared in a...

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New painting: moonlight on the moors

An imagined moonlit landscape. The moors painted here are based on memories of the pennines. I've added moonlight reflections onto the water in the foreground. Basically this painting is an excuse to use lots of deep lustrous ultramarine blue. I'm working on more...

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