Recent Plein air Paintings


The recent on site paintings on this page have been wholly or mostly completed out in the open – something I very much enjoy when time allows. They are mostly sketches that have been painted rapidly in all weather conditions and are very helpful when remembering scenes in the studio (along with photographs). Observational drawing is a very important part of my work, I like to do justice to the scene whether I’m in the studio or outside in the countryside, aiming to capture the unique character and beauty of the Peak District. I prefer to produce landscape paintings out on site when possible, the end result of working ‘plein air’ is a looser more spontaneous approach where I feel that I am as one with the scenery – painting almost subconsciously – but still aiming to do justice to the topography of the scene..


I now have a mobile painting studio in the form of a wonderful VW T4 camper van (for when it’s too cold/windy to be out in the open).


April Sunshine Pendower Coves, Cornwall  watercolour and gouache (NC 407)



Cape Cornwall from Carn Gloose  watercolour (NC 406)



Towards Lands End from Carn Gloose, Cornwall   watercolour (NC 405)



Looking to Levant Zawn from Pendeen Watch  watercolour and bodycolour (NC 404)



Porthgwarra Granite, Cornwall  watercolour (NC 403)



Kenidjack Castle from Cape Cornwall  watercolour (NC 402)



South Harris near Drinisiadar  watercolour



Shore of Loch Linnhe, Scotland  watercolour



Minature Cairn on the shores of Loch Greshhornish, Isle of Skye  watercolour



The Minch from South Harris  watercolour



Buzzard over Thorpe Cloud, Derbyshire  watercolour (NC 395)



Over to Bunster, Dovedale  oil on board (NC 394)



Scots Pines in Bradley Wood, Derbyshire  oil on board (NC 393)



Hazleton Clump from Spend Lane, Derbyshire  watercolour (NC 392)



Spend Lane Blackbird, Derbyshire  oil on board (NC 390)



Road to Thorpe, Derbyshire  watercolour (NC 389)



Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud from above Blore  watercolour (NC388)



Road down to Blore, Staffordshire  watercolour (NC 387)



Looking south over Hopton, Derbyshire  watercolour (NC 372)



View from Alport Heights  watercolour (NC 371)



Ilam Hall Tea Rooms and Garden  watercolour and ink (NC 364)



Limestone Barn near the entrance to Dovedale  watercolour (NC 338)



Ilam Church below Bunster Hill  watercolour (NC 340)



The Twelve Bens of Connemara from Claddaghduff  watercolour



County Kerry mainland from Greater Blasket Island  watercolour



Connemara Coastline near Claddaghduff  watercolour



Robin Hood’s Stride, Derbyshire  oil on board (NC 305)