Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Presents!

So, I can finally reveal my latest studio paintings!  The first, a Christmas present to my wonderful husband, to save him from having to face a blank wall of magnolia in the office.  This was painted from a photograph I took in Sidestrand.

For Colin, oil on board, ©Tanya Pawsey 2015
The second, a surprise, commissioned pet portrait for the mother of a dear friend of mine.
Barney, oil on board, ©Tanya Pawsey 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

Overstrand #1

Walked down to the beach at low tide today and was taken by the beautiful colours whilst looking out to sea.  A good thing about painting out in Winter is that it's so quiet, just me and a few dog walkers and I was only approached by one.  Again, I limited myself to ninety minutes of painting time.

Overstrand #1 oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Plein Air Paintings From Overstrand Cliff.

Certainly felt a nip in the air today but had to get out of the studio.  I spent almost four hours in one spot on the edge of a cliff and surprisingly didn't get cold until the last half an hour.  I limited myself to one and a half hours for each of these paintings - I think this is the only way to improve.  I used my lovely new Haidee-Jo Summers Plein Air Set of brushes today which I thoroughly recommend. 

I love the view towards Sidestrand. If you look closely you can see the little footpath with a blue rope hand rail which takes you down to the beach.

Footpath to Sidestrand #1 oil on board, 10"x 12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015

When I first moved to Overstrand I couldn't understand why this giant buoy hadn't been removed and considered it and eyesore.  I've definitely warmed to it and now think of it as a landmark.
Beach Buoy oil on board, 10"x 12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015
In a previous post I mentioned that I could do with a weight for my tripod and I've found one!  It's a sand bag for tripods, used for filming.  I filled it with stones from a footpath next to me and attached it to my tripod with a carabiner clip.  It was fairly windy today and my set up felt pretty secure, but considering it was a long way down I couldn't help but hold on!