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Landscape paintings, wildlife art & pet portraits
Filmed on my painting adventures, short pein air pochade box painting videos that you may find helpful, informative, and hopefully enjoyable - Visit my Youtube channel to subscribe and watch more videos.
Filmed on a blustery west Wales late summer's day, high up in Pembrokeshire's Preseli Mountains, near Dinas, which is not far from Newport Pembs. I have a clever little bracket that is fitted to the underside of my pochade box, which in turn connects to my tripod and allows me to effectively turn my tripod into a easel. Sounds grand of course, but it can be tricky when there is a gale blowing and my whole setup is wobbling around like you can see in this video - still great fun though.
Patch beach, also know and Gwbert beach, is the opposite side of the river Teifi to Poppit beach, and is where the river Teifi meets the sea and meets Cardigan Bay. Sometimes when I've been working in my studio all morning, I look out of the window to see the sun shining, grab my paints and head down to the beach for a couple of hours painting; this was one of those days.
Painting at the same beach as in the video above, this is a second fishing boat study in oils. It's always great fun painting boats, although of course, boats are notoriously tricky to paint: the main problem artists face is getting the shape of the hull correct, or at least convincing. As with most things in life, the key to success is to practice, and to paint a lot of boats.
My first love when I started painting many years ago, was painting wildlife. Big cats were, and still are, a favourite of mine, and I made this Siberian Tiger painting into a short step-by-step demo a few years ago. One of the main reasons this painting works is the use of complimentary colours. Blue and orange are opposite sides on the colour-wheel, and therefore complimentary to each other, creating a high contrast sticking image - find out more about Complimentary Colours and Colour Wheels here.
This video is a little off-topic, but it's so charming that I thought you might enjoy it. I filmed these baby seals at Kaikoura, in New Zealand, on one of my painting adventures. Amazingly, they travel from the safety of the New Zealand fur seal breeding colony on the beach, up the tiny Ohau stream inland for about a mile or so, to get to this magical pool and waterfall. Once there, they stay ( and play ) in the freshwater pool by themselves for anything from a few hours, to a couple of days. No adult seals make the journey.
If you'd like to find out more about this amazing natural event, visit the NewZealand.com website here.
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