Castles in the Air by David Atkins

 Corfe Castle in Spring. Mixed Media 13x10cm

Corfe Castle in Spring. Mixed Media 13x10cm

Drawing and sketching has always been a vital part of my practice as an painter.  I use it to discover new places as well as finding new  possibilities for my work.  Subjects, marks and composition made in a drawing can often find there way in to my paintings.  If a drawing doesn't work it is unlikely that I will choose to set up and paint there. 

Corfe Castle in Dorset is a ruin, a result of being blown up by Parliamentarian troops loyal to Oliver Cromwell at the end of the English Civil war in 1646 .  What remains, I think is a beautiful ruin and for me more exciting having been destroyed. 

 

 

Keeping up with the Weather by David Atkins

7.Thunderstorm out at Sea 46x61cm.jpg

It all started so bright and sunny and the painting shown was full of blues, yellow and orange. As a storm started to build out in the North sea so the painting changed.  The sky turned black and orange accompanied by thunder and lightening. I had to keep up with the changes but struggled to capture the real drama and colours that were constantly changing.  

Top of the World by David Atkins

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.

 

 

The Snowman by David Atkins

It has been a while since I had the opportunity to paint the snow in Dorset.  I paced all my equipment on to a sledge and hiked it over to the fields a mile away.  It was bitterly cold and I wasn't sure how long I would be able to stand out in it.  I have come to realise that it is never as bad as you think and after six hours my hands were getting a little cold. I did get rescued in the form of hot soup made by my friend Damelza and delivered by my wife and daughter.  

The snow had all gone the next day.

Painting in London by David Atkins

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