Sketching and drawing
I use sketching and drawing en plein-air as a prerequisite for all my studio paintings. I may then do further studies in studio before commencing a canvas. Charcoal is my preferred medium, easy to carry and use, though occasionally I choose pastels or acrylic.
Sketching and drawing helps me implant the scene in my mind. Many of these works form the bases of larger oil or acrylic studio paintings - as the ones below, whilst the remainder are simply testament to a very pleasant day’s outing.
Currently I have two works-in-progress, the drawings and sketching now complete. Edwards Beach Balmoral is now on the easel and The Grose to follow.
Edwards Beach Balmoral
Above image is day thirteen of painting Edwards Beach, Balmoral,
oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm.
Day 1 of painting : Blocking in the base colours
Edwards Beach, Balmoral Study, 2022, charcoal on paper, 37 x 57 cm.
Balmoral is a gem in the crown of spectacular Sydney. Located on the Lower North Shore of Sydney Harbour, facing the entrance to Sydney Heads, it offers a captivating vista. With first rate facilities Balmoral provides a haven for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. It’s been a favourite spot throughout my life, and here I often do my early morning lap swimming or go to meet friends and associates for coffee or a meal.
There are some weeks of painting ahead to refine the work and add more detail. The painting's and drawing’s focal point is Sydney Harbour's imposing North Head and to the right is the local landmark of Rocky Point Island. Stay tuned!
The Grose, Blue Mountains National Park, 2022, charcoal on paper, 40 x 20 cm.
This drawing above is preparation for a 200 x 100 cm. oil painting. Also in preparation was a smaller work of the Blue Mountains entitled Porters Pass - a practice-run.
I have a long and joyful association with the Blue Mountains, filled with memories of the mountains and specifically bushwalking the Grose Valley. This new work is a celebration of one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring valleys in the world.