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Field Studies & Outdoor Paintings

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.

Painting Outdoors in Wales

moleskine sketchbook

Below are photographs from some of my recent plein air painting adventures. I sometimes enjoy the solitude of painting alone, usually the case when I'm gathering reference material. Sometimes I paint with friends, fellow artists or my students. It's all very casual and just about having fun painting outdoors, if you'd like to come painting with me get in touch.

Painting in Wales

Painting with friend and fellow artist Diane Mathias in west Wales.

Oil painting using a pochade box in Wales

Pochade box painting in north Pembrokeshire.

watercolour painting in Wales

Out with my watercolours, painting the estuary at Gwbert.

Painting from your car

Painting from my car, a great way to paint in winter or when it's raining.

Oil painting with a pochade box

Painting with my pochade box, at Dinas mountain in Pembrokeshire.

Oil painting pochade box

Painting a bridge over the river Aeron, near Aberaeron.

Watercolour painting of Pentre Ifan

Watercolour sketching at Pentre Ifan, Preseli mountains, Wales.

Painting in Pembrokeshire

Painting in comfort in Pembrokehire.

Painting Cwn yr Eglwys in Wales

Pochade box painting with friends at Cwm yr Eglwys, Pembrokeshire.

Painting with a pochade box

Painting using my pochade box on a day out in Pembrokeshire national park.

Ceibwr Bay painting with artist Diane Mathias

Out painting the rugged Welsh coast with fellow artists.

Painting in the Preseli mountains of Wales

Painting high up in the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire National Park.

pochade box in use

I keep it simple and just use white spirit, paint, brushes and liquin.

pochade box painting in summer

Hard at work in the summer sunshine.

Watercolour painting of Ceibwr Bay in Pembrokeshire

Watercolour sketch of the rock formations at Ceibwr Bay.

Winsor and Newton watercolour field set

My Winsor and Newton watercolour field set, a ingenious painting set-up.

Painting high-up in the beautiful Preseli mountains of west Wales.

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