Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Card Painting

Every year I try to get my Christmas card painted early,  every year I get later even later.

I had several idea in mind but only managed to try out two.
I was pleased with both so have ordered some of each.
I only ever order enough for our own personal use, maybe next year, if I get them done early enough I will have more done and sell a few through my website.

Holly & Walnuts


Satsumas, Sherry & Grapes


Monday, 11 December 2017

Painting Clouds and Skies in Oils



Finally after two years of research and painting I have produced my very first (and probably last ) book. I was approached by Crowood Press and asked to write a book about painting skies. Something I had never even dreamed of. I thought about it for a while and spoke to other authors who were very encouraging.
I have put just about everything I have ever learned about painting into this so there are plenty of hints and tips, including a sections on social media, getting into galleries, using photos, travelling with paints and having your own website.
I have eight of my favourite artists showing their work and sharing their working methods which brings a new slant to the paintings.
So far it has been very well received by all that have bought it and Henry Malt from art book reviews had this to say:

This is easily the best book on its subject, probably ever. If you were to combine the spirits of John Constable and JMW Turner, perhaps with a dash of Edward Seago thrown in, I’m not sure you could better it.
The extent of the coverage is breath-taking. It’s a given that skies are infinitely variable. East Anglian based Mo Teeuw has, however, managed to cover just about every type you can imagine, from clear to clouded, cirrus to cumulus, in clear and overcast weather and in all seasons. And she manages this without repeating herself once or leaving the reader overwhelmed. If you care about skies and, as a landscape painter you must, this book is an essential guide. Even if you think you know the subject inside out, there will be something new for you here.
Although this looks a slim volume, it has a surprising weight when you pick it up and this is down to the 160 pages. Although the paper is quite thin it’s of excellent quality and the images are all superbly reproduced – to have not one dud among this many is an achievement worth celebrating.
The book has examples and demonstrations as well as practical information and extensive discussions of how and why skies appear the way they do. This is about more than just applying paint, it’s an in-depth study of its subject. I think you could even get quite a lot out of it if you aren’t a painter but just a lover of landscape. You should certainly also look at it even if you’re not an oil painter. As well as Mo’s own work, the book features a number of guest artists who add a welcome additional perspective.
I said that this is easily the best book on its subject. Skies in oils is, of course, a small field, but I really don’t see how this will be bettered in a very long time, if ever. It’s a true classic.

To buy a copy follow the link

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

30 paintings

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Well here they all are, not necessarily in the right order but I have painted all these in the last thirty days and a few more to boot.
Thanks to Leslie Saeta for giving out the challenge.
I would encourage anyone to have a go. It is all to easy to say "I don't have time to paint". The last month has been a very busy time for me but I have managed to paint all but two days. One was taken up by Grandchildren and one was a whole day of travelling so I played 'catch up'
Why not go over to Leslie's blog and have a look at what all the other artists from around the world produced in their 30 days.

Thanks Leslie, I shall look out for the next 30 in 30

Days 29 & 30

Satsumas in Brocante bowl

Saturday was not such a good day in Sommieres weather wise but it was market day. This I have to say is a serious market. The whole town has stalls in the streets and squares. At one end of the town is a very large open space that becomes the place for the Brocante, the second-hand and antique market. Felicity and I found this delightful bowl so I bought some satsumas to paint in it as rain was forecast.

It did rain and after painting the blue bowl we then painted Julie's jug which was a birthday present from Tom & Mary

Julie's jug and Satsumas

This was painted in very gloomy light as we liked the natural light from the doorway.
First time I'd painted bread and cheese - will have to do that again.

Day 30
Much better weather so I went and painted in town again.

Lunch Time, Sommieres

This needs a bit of work on it, I painted in the shade looking into the sun and the buildings came out far too yellow.

It was good to finish my 30 day challenge in France. I shall make a collage of all the paintings I did there but also I need to put my 30 day collage on Leslie Saetas blog page along with all the other artists that took up the challenge - see next blog 😉

Friday, 29 September 2017

Day 28 of 30

Medieval Bridge, Sommieres 

  I had an earlier start today and decided to head for the bridge. I set up with my easel half on the wall so as not to block the pavement and got cracking. I had intended a free, loose painting but it kind of tightened up. 

Lunch was a delightful interlude with Tom and Felicity 

Yes, there is a carafe of wine, well we are in France.

In the afternoon I went off and found a quiet square and painted a pretty cafe. 



It turns out that it was the Italian restaurant that we ate in that evening.  

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Day 27 of 30

Morning sun, Sommieres

Felicity and I arrived at our hotel Last night. We are knocked out by the place. It is very bohemian and quirky. We spent the morning exploring Sommieres, an old medieval town. There are paintings to be done everywhere you look. I settled on this view first and then went down by the river


Autumn Leaves on the River


Day 25 of 30

Lemon and Yellowish Green 

I should have been packing for my trip to France but couldn't help but paint this as I knew I'd not have a chance whilst traveling. I posted it on social media the morning I left.