Tuesday, 20 October 2020

More experiments


The above painting is now on my Etsy shop - I wasn't expecting that.

The idea with the painting was to "try it out and see if it worked", but

decided it was such a pleasant scene that it could go straight onto my shop

here's a close-up

The next two paintings are definitely experimental.
I've painted these on primed cardboard

Happy with how these turned out and am currently preparing a canvas

measuring approx. 24"x18"

May even combine some parts of both the above paintings into the new canvas painting -

at the moment it is all


Experiment but a fun process


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Different styles and experiments

Trying out different styles and art techniques can be fun and also relaxing.  Before I start with a large painting though, and in this case very likely a canvas piece, I'm experimenting with views/colours/textures in oil-sketch-form,  mostly painted on cardboard as they are quick little sketches.  I cut some backing-board to approx. 6" x 4" and triple prime the painting surface.   Perfect size for these little experiments.

This one is dry and I think it could make a good large canvas - what say you.

Of course, a large painting based on this, won't be 'exactly' the same - 

every painting is slightly different when it comes to the final artwork, 

but I'm sure you get the idea.

And talking of ideas...

I'm going to do a Giveaway with this little painting sketch.  As rough and ready as it is, I reckon someone may like it - So if you go over to my Facebook newsfeed, the details will be there.


(Yes before you say it, when I originally set up my Facebook newsfeed,

I called it sketching.william, even though you can find me as Ann Hyde)


Monday, 5 October 2020

Rain stopped play as they say....

This could have been my last painting session this year at Arlington Court.  The weather has definitely taken a turn towards Winter.   At least I got over there for some plein air painting, for what was a very short season.  Here's a clip of my set-up and the beginnings of a painting, before the rain - (I didn't record my frantic attempts to pack up my art supplies, by then I was soaked)!!!

(click the pic)

I'm still working on this painting

 and will add it here when completed.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Part 2 - painting plein air

 Finally  - a sunny day meant I could return to Arlington Court and 

complete the painting started the other week (see previous blogpost)

(click the image below for video)

For this session of painting plein air, I'm calling the painting Done,

although there will be one or two 'tweaks' to be added in the studio.

~ Hope you liked seeing this ~




Sunday, 13 September 2020

UPDATE........A plein air outing - the journey from unloading to setting up the easel - UPDATE

UPDATE:   Hi ...    I'm obviously learning as I go along with Youtube.   I have set up a new Youtube Channel which will be especially for Painting - hence I have called it Ann Hyde - Painting Diaries - that way I can add anything to do with painting here in my studio, plein air painting and other bits and pieces to do with art.   Can I say from the start, it won't be professional, so please be kind - perhaps I will look back on this in a years time and see how I have improved... (on the other hand I could look back and think I've got worse!) 🤣


This is at Arlington Court  

Hopefully the first Youtube video of many...well, that's my hope.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

"There's a plane on the beach"

Yes, those were my words as we drove along and I spotted the plane on the beach.  Hubby didn't believe me til we stopped and he saw it for himself.   We had just been for a walk and were heading back above the dunes, so we had a great view across the beach.  Long story short, we stopped up there and hubby walked down to take photos and video.    At the present time, we still have no idea why the plane had landed, but at least it took off and went skyward safely.  (How it managed to land without incident is amazing - there were quite a few people walking the beach at the time).    It has to be said, that we are not used to having random planes land there, so it must have been some sort of emergency, that thankfully got sorted.  

One of my facebook followers suggested that perhaps it was a William fan stopping to see him....Oh why would that not surprise us 🤣

anyway...enough waffle from me....here's some pics:

If you click the picture below, it will take you to the video: 

🛩 🛩 🛩

Friday, 4 September 2020

Clean up time....

The palette I use for Oil painting is excellent, but not intended originally as a palette at all.

It is in fact an Ikea glass shelf with a grey toned back.  This works perfectly for mixing paint, as it gives a mid-tone and allows me to choose how the mixing goes, either darker or lighter.  

The best part, is the clean up of this palette.  I can leave Oil paint on there for days/weeks and when it comes to cleaning, scrape some with a wide-scraper, or use some methylated spirit which successfully dissolves the oil paint.

As you see, this time I had a Very Messy Palette!

If you click on the photo, you'll see my Clean Up with a difference.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Well, you just knew I couldn't keep away from a good view...

'Twas a lovely spot today for some plein air painting. Set up my easel again at Arlington Court National Trust - Amazing how the sun and shadows can make the same scene look so different from one day to the next. The shadows changed as I worked and feel I could do with a row of small canvas boards to capture how it changes during the day.

I now have to wait for this layer of paint to dry and will be back another day to add more to it and hopefully complete this one.

Lots of visitors stopped for a chat, that really made my day.


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Equine art

A friend who recently visited and saw some of my paintings, made the random comment that I don’t seem to paint horses.    She was partially right.  Recently I have been working on seascapes, interior scenes and landscapes.  I do paint animals from cats, dogs etc, but her comment stuck with me and I decided to paint one of her horses -  add the image to social media - not tell her so it would be a surprise, and wait to see if she recognised her horse.   As yet I haven’t heard from her, so either she is yet to see it or it doesn’t look like her horse!  

Oil on canvas board
( * watermark does not appear on painting)

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