April 2019

Water is an important subject in my paintings for many reasons. I had been drawing the chalk streams close to my home and wanted to take these in to painting. The Wash Ponds in Broadmayne became my focus and I started a series of works on paper. Using ink and watercolour I worked very fast and loose on two to three pieces a day. The wooden footbridge, I admit was a direct influence from Monet. It added a solid structure to the drawings that contrasted to the quality of water. I wanted also to get a feel of the movement of the stream and made a small set of paintings that studied the fluid shapes light. The work was pinned up in my studio and led me to make a large painting, which hasn’t been successful. I plan to revisit the Wash Ponds in the Autumn.

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March 2019

It’s been a busy month so far and one that has kept me juggling a number of up and coming events. At the start of March there was some very warm and unseasonal weather and I managed to spend a week on the coast at Studland making a series of figure studies.

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February 2019

There is a gradual shift in the light by mid February. It is softer and a little brighter. It hints of spring and warmer days. By the 19th I find myself in the beautiful city of Valencia,

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January 2019

I had the idea to make a series of drawings that followed one of the chalk streams that runs through Dorchester. Aware that I rarely make work close to home, it was an opportunity to explore a landscape so familiar to me. Numerous sketches allowed me to quickly respond to a variety of places and views before turning to larger sheets of paper and working freely with an assortment of materials. I was conscious of holding back from painting, in order to give me the chance to take more risks and push the work to what felt like a breaking point. Having spent the month in what seemed like endless dark, and colourless days there was a dramatic change as a blanket of snow settled. I quickly responded and painted before it all disappeared .

A Winters Day by the River Frome oil on board 61x81cm

A Winters Day by the River Frome oil on board 61x81cm

Top of the World

Painting at 4000ft from Mosso near Bielmonte in Italy.

Painting the stunning, panoramic view towards Monta Rosa from Mosso in Italy. It looks a lot colder that it actually was. It was so quiet too. This is my second trip to this region of Piedmont in Northern Italy and the winter conditions have provided a much different experience and challenge from the ones encountered last spring. I am here for a few weeks to further explore the region and revisit some of the places that inspired me last time. ( daivd-atkins.com ).  My thanks to Manuel Capella for sending me the photo.      

Painting the stunning, panoramic view towards Monta Rosa from Mosso in Italy. It looks a lot colder that it actually was. It was so quiet too. This is my second trip to this region of Piedmont in Northern Italy and the winter conditions have provided a much different experience and challenge from the ones encountered last spring. I am here for a few weeks to further explore the region and revisit some of the places that inspired me last time. (daivd-atkins.com).

My thanks to Manuel Capella for sending me the photo.

 

 

Painting in London

Painting on the banks of the Thames  in London, is such a thrilling experience. On those bright, winter mornings the light across the river to St Paul's is breathtaking.  Passers by, who stopped to chat, included many tourists, joggers, vloggers, artists, an actor and a playwright.  All made it a great experience.

On the Southbank, Looking Towards St Paul's Cathedral.  81x92cm oil on board