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

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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

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Two from Mersea Island

At the weekend I had managed to produce two paintings.  As it had been such a nice day I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch the light as it went down and the best place I could think of doing that was on Mersea.  I had collected my wife from work and the boys had fallen asleep in the car.  I knew I didn't have long but I set to it.  I had wanted to paint an oil seed rape field for a while and fortunately, just by the layby there was a perfectly positioned field with the sun going down behind.  Below is the first painting.  I wanted to keep the pinks and lilacs subtle and the whole painting quite soft to represent the atmosphere of the place.  Another thing I wanted to achieve was good colour harmony with the field being lit and influenced by the sky.  As there wasn't a lot of time before the light changed, the brushwork is quite free and not over-worked.

The second one was on the same size panel, 24cm x 24cm.  This time I had moved around slightly to paint into the sun a little more.  The painting is quite subtle as I have found it is easy to over state sunsets and end up with a very colourful painting, high in contrast which can look too much on the wall.

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