In this blog post I am going to show you how to paint a seascape, based on the coast of Wellington, New Zealand. Whilst this art work is a small painting it a long landscape view as I wanted to capture more of the landforms of this area. The painting measures 12cm x 36cm.Read More
In this blog post I will show you my design process I use for creating a painting. I have a 12" x 36" blank canvas ready and waiting and I want to paint a seascape of the coast of Wellington in New Zealand. But before I get into the painting I need to plan it.
I never just start a painting, I've had too many disasters with paintings where I didn't do any prior planning so I always at least do some pencil sketches but very often a colour study too. Colour studies are small paintings in their own right and in this post I will show you my sketching process and a step by step tutorial on painting the small seascape colour study.Read More
I love painting seascapes and in this art tutorial I will show you how to paint this coastal scene of Norah Head on the Central Coast in Australia.
Inspiration For This Painting
The location for this painting is Soldiers Beach with the headland of Norah Head that features the Norah Head lighthouse. This is one of my favourite beaches in the world, I love the unique colours of the cliffs and foliage and the turquoise bottle green of the sea.Read More
Inspiration For This Painting
The inspiration for this painting came from a location just a five minute drive from my art studio in Queenstown, New Zealand where I live. I happened to be driving through the valley one evening when I noticed the evening sun shining through the willow trees. Given it was spring and there was fresh foliage on the trees, the different hues of greens where really vibrant. I pulled over at the side of the road and took some photos. The idea for a painting was born!Read More
I recently went to Phuket, Thailand at the moment and I brought my paints with me. I wanted to paint a tropical beach and some palm trees I went to Kata Beach and I decided to paint the beach outdoors, known as painting 'en plein air'.
It was a hot, sunny and hazy day what with Thailand being in the tropics, it's very humid.
I painted this tropical beach scene at Kata Beach, I'll show you how I painted it.Read More
One of the subjects I love to paint most are coastal scenes and for years I have wanted to paint this iconic view of Icart Point on the island of Guernsey, located in the English Channel.
Last year I visited Guernsey as I have a lot of family that lives there, I visited Icart Point and took lots of photos.
I painted Icart Point and in this blog post, I will show you how I created this painting.Read More
ave you ever tried painting outdoors? Painting outdoors is challenging but really good fun, if you are a landscape painter that is wanting to quickly improve your painting skills then painting outdoors could really help you.
Painting outdoors teaches you to paint quickly as the light and weather conditions are always changing and it really helps you with colour mixing and understanding of tone as it really make you look at the landscape.
One of my favourite places to paint outdoors is a place called Glenorchy in New Zealand, it's surrounded by high mountains and they are often covered in snow.
In this painting tutorial I will show you the step by step process of how I painted this mountain landscape, outdoors on location. The whole painting was done in one session and took about two hours to paint.Read More
Inspiration for This Painting
This painting was inspired by an area called Dalefield which is located in the Wakatipu Basin, just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. I frequently come to this area to paint as there are so many subjects to capture on canvas including trees, fields, mountains and animals.
I came here to paint in March the day after we'd had a cold spell of weather that left snow on the mountains. Given that New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed and so February is a summer month. Anyway I thought it would make for an interesting painting with trees and fields juxtaposed against some snowy mountains.
Continuing the theme of painting seascapes from the last blog and YouTube video I thought I'd show you how you can paint a breaking wave that looks dramatic and is full of light and atmosphere.
Painting seascapes is fun especially when you create stormy scenes so in the blog post I'll show you some tips and tricks to create light and drama in your seascape. Don't forget the accompanying YouTube video on how to paint this art work, you can view the video which is at the bottom of this page.Read More
I love to paint the sea, in fact it's one of my favourite things to paint! In this blog post I will show you how to paint this dramatic seascape in five easy stages.
1. CREATING THE COMPOSITION
This painting began with me taking photos from a place called Port Soif on the island of Guernsey, UK. The sea was rough and there was lots of light and atmosphere.
Port Soif is a great place for getting photo reference for seascapes, especially in the evening as the light is behinf the waves which means you get contrast between the shadows of the breaking waves but sharp highlights in the wave crests and white water. These are all ingredients for epic seascape paintings!Read More
I love painting small art works, they are great especially if you are a beginner. You can paint them more quickly, they are good for practicing your painting techniques, they make great little paintings, they are easier to sell and you can use them for colour studies for bigger paintings.
In this tutorial I am going to show you how I painted this small studio painting of Mt Talbot and Mt Crosscut in New Zealand in five easy stages which includes:Read More
Have you ever tried painting outdoors on location? Let me tell you it's really good fun, it's challenging but it gets you outside and it really improves your painting skills especially if you're a studio painter.
Recently I took my paints and easel on a little road trip to Fiordland National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. Fiordland is a very mountainous region of New Zealand and is perfect for painting outdoors on location which is also known as painting 'en plein air'.Read More
Painting seascapes is one of the subjects I love to paint most. Every so often I visit the island of Guernsey which is the place I was born. Guernsey has amazing coastline, dramatic cliffs and the wild Atlantic Sea, the island is located in the English Channel and is very inspiring for coastal scenes.
In this step by step painting demonstration I will show you how to paint this seascape of a little place called Port Soif, located in the west of Guernsey.Read More
I love painting mountains and one of the great things about living in New Zealand is there is plenty of them to paint! One of my favourite mountains to paint in New Zealand is Mt Talbot and Mt Crosscut which is located in the Fiordland region of the south island.
In this step by step painting demonstration I will show you how to paint this mountain landscape.Read More
Painting breaking waves is fun!!!! ...and you can create some awesome seascapes where a breaking wave is the hero of the painting, add rocks, white water, spills, clouds and light angles and you can create some very engaging seascapes.
This seascape painting which I will show you how to paint was inspired by the coastline of Wellington, New Zealand, where the sea can be pretty rough when a southerly weather system is passing through...but at the same time provides excellent subject matter for seascape paintings.
So, lets get started....Read More
Have you ever gotten deep into a painting only to look at it and think ‘oh crap, it’s not working’!!! Don’t worry, this has happened to me many many times! Even with the hours you spent planning your painting and all the sketches you did prior to starting it, sometimes when it comes to actually painting the art work you imagined, it just doesn’t work! But do not despair because you can salvage a painting that is not working!Read More
In this step by step painting demonstration I am going to show you how to paint this mountain landscape shown in the picture below. This landscape painting is based on Mount Talbot in Fiordland, New Zealand. It is a huge mountain range which ultimately leads to the epic Milford Sound, this is a great subject for landscape painting.Read More
I love landscape art, especially traditional realism painting and I have been painting landscapes for many years. Whilst I paint a lot in my studio one of the things I love to do is paint outside on location in the great outdoors. This is called painting ‘en plein air’, which is a French phrase meaning to ‘paint outdoors’. Plein air painting is not only thoroughly enjoyable, and great for the mind, body and spirit, but it also helps immensely with improving your studio work.
Plein air painting teaches you to really look at the landscape, its forms, colours and tonality. It teaches you to loosen up your painting technique, improves your use of colour and understanding of composition. It also teaches you to paint quickly as the light and weather conditions are always changing.Read More
In order to create an engaging seascape first of all we need to plan our picture so we can determine what the painting is about. Depth within a painting can be achieved by having strategically placed focal points and effective use of colour to create atmosphere and space within the painting.
In order to create the story of this painting I decided what elements I wanted in the scene and where I wanted my main focal point to be. Before I even began painting this picture I compiled many pencil sketches in order to plan the composition so I could see what would work and what wasn't going to work in the picture. This is essential so I don't run into problems with composition issues later on when I am painting the picture.Read More