The Frank Herring Easel Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition
The Daler-Rowney, IEA Committee's Choice prize for a group of paintings at the Institute of East Anglian Artists Exhibition
The Menena Joy Schawbe Award for an outstanding oil painter from the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

For details of forthcoming exhibitions please click here


Adrian Hill Fine Art, Holt
Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh
Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare
Peter Barker Fine Art, Uppingham
Aubrey Art Gallery, Great Dunmow
Mall Galleries, London

See website for more details

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Painting the River Stour

After visiting Dedham and Flatford again I painted this little one of the river.  It was an overcast day and tonally the picture was very close.  I have made an effort to keep the colours muted to give the impression of a wet overcast day.  To prevent the painting looking 'flat' I have used quite purposeful brush strokes whilst keeping the focus of interest with the tonal change as the river bends out of sight. 

I am going to produce a series of paintings from around the Stour between Dedham and Flatford focussing on the trees and trying to capture the autumn/winter atmosphere.  It will be a challenge to produce dynamic paintings with subdued light and close tones, but something I think is important for me to investigate to develop my understanding of tonal values and relationships.  I will post the results soon!  The paintings will form part of my work at an exhibition at the Colne Gallery at Colchester Hospital during February 2012.

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