Although the majority of my larger oil paintings are painted at home in my art studio, I spent a good deal of time out in the Welsh countryside gathering reference material, making preparatory sketches and trying out ideas as smaller scale paintings or as drawings in my sketchbook, that I then work into finished pieces back home.
I enjoy using many different mediums for this, from small oil paintings made using my pochade box, watercolours directly into my sketchbook, ink line and wash and sometimes just simple graphite drawings.
My plein air oil paintings are painted using a beautifully hand made pochade box by Rowley Abbey of Abbey Easels. To find out more about my pochade box and how to get your own visit my 'What Is A Pochade Box? ..And How Do You Use One' blog post.
My watercolour sketches are painted into various sketchbooks, my favourite being my Moleskine Sketchbook. These sketchbooks are also where I do my line and wash and my graphite work.
Below are photographs from some of my recent plein air painting adventures. Sometimes I enjoy the solitude of painting alone, which is usually the case when I'm gathering reference material for commissioned paintings, other times I paint with friends, fellow artists or my students.
Painting plein air with watercolours in my Moleskine Sketchbook at Glen Coe Lochan, Glen Coe in beautiful Scotland.
Out for a day's painting in beautiful West Wales
Watercolour sketching at Pentre Ifan, Preseli mountains, Wales.
Painting with my pochade box, at Dinas mountain in Pembrokeshire.
Out with my watercolours, painting the estuary at Gwbert.
Painting from my car, a great way to paint in winter or when it's raining.
Out with my pochade box ( and fancy chair ), painting in north Pembrokeshire.
Painting with friend and fellow artist at Ceibwr Bay in west Wales.
Tuition on pochade box painting with one of my students in my garden.
Pochade box painting with friends at Cwm yr Eglwys, Pembrokeshire.
Out painting the rugged Welsh coast with fellow artists.
Painting alongside fellow artists at Cwm yr Eglwys Church.
Watercolour sketch of the rock formations at Ceibwr Bay, a favourite places to paint.
My Winsor and Newton watercolour field set, a compact and ingenious painting set-up.
My pochade box set-up, I keep it simple and just use white spirit thinners, paint, brushes and a little liquin.
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