Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Capital One

12"x12" deep box canvas.
I was at Capital One's headquarters in Nottingham today promoting my blog, my art and DailyPaintWorks. It was a good experience which even resulted in sales. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My DIY Plein Air Easel

I gave myself a brief not to spend a single penny, not to have any wing-nuts, to have a facility to protect the painted boards until I got home and for it to be quick and easy to erect and dismantle.
 David & Eileen Flinn gave me the perspex last week. The backing board was salvaged from the summer house. The stand was a laser spirit level setup that David & Eileen gave as a birthday present about a hundred years ago...I used the laser to get the footings right while building our extension...I never used the stand but always felt I would in the future. The palette mixing tray was made from an old drawing board I've had kicking around for longer than I care to remember. The edging strips are left over from a job I did a number of years ago.The black paint I've had for about ten years and I'm surprised it's still okay. The white primer undercoat paint was bought about six years ago. Total cost including tacks and glue = zero.

Step one...slot the tray onto the stand...
 Not to forget the perspex mixing area and backing board easel bit...
 Ah yes! The parasol finishes it off quite nicely. It belongs to my Mother in Law who doesn't yet know she's donated it.
 The backing board, which can hold a 6x6 or 10x8 at the very least, is held in place with the only screw fitting in the centre, directly to the easel behind. The paintings are on ledges and also have a bit of blu-tak on the back so that the painting doesn't flop forward as the whole thing fits snuggly on top of the mixing tray and is clipped together for safe transportation.  I found the clips in my studio a few weeks ago while tidying up.
I also plan...again without cost, to add a bar to the right of the mixing tray with two containers to hold thinners etc! Holes will be drilled at the base of the apple and spoon to slip my brushes into (it's a stand alone piece of wood) and tubes of paint will rest in the black areas at the back of the mixing tray either side of the brushes.

I'll need a trolly to carry it all in, but I have my eye on the one my Mother in Law uses...I think she really needs a new one:)

I'm well pleased and up for the challenge of my first plein air experience on Monday to Staithes.

I was wrong about the cost...my jig-saw blew up while I was cutting the slotting shapes and my Mother in Law doesn't have one:) I'll have to buy one eventually, but for now I borrowed one from next door.

Monday, February 06, 2012

First Fall

6x6 Oil on board
We went for a walk around our local lake in the fresh snow yesterday and captured some lovely crisp scenes. This is one of them. When snow first falls, it's gorgeous for everyone...except motorists.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


6x6 Oil on board
These boats are on the River Wear and, as a kid, I used the area as a playground...particularly under the quay on the right.  I'm lucky to be alive to tell the tale. I do enjoy playing with colour and feel comfortable with abstraction