Ruins, Hail Wood, Portbury. Carolyn Lamb. 2019. Oil 8"x8". 12th Feb is probably the earliest day of sitting outside doing an oil painting I've done, although I have been out sketching snowdrops and plants. My board was already preprimed with a layer of Winsor and Newton Naples yellow which gave me a head start. Note the historic pigment Naples yellow is yellow but poisonous (Lead antimonate), so this modern substitute is more like an opaque light golden ochre.
Time for the Girls Weekend. This year we returned to Elsick House, Cammachmore, near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. I chose a bedroom with view overlooking the garden but after an initial sketch found I was later dazzled as the sun shone in directly. So I did my main painting from the north facing bedroom opposite which overlooked the drive and artificial pond with Japanese bridge.
Last year I was hampered by running out of paint as my acrylics had dried up in the tubes and only had enough for a 5 x 7" painting. This time I took Artisan oils to avoid that problem, but in order to complete the work in the time I only had a slightly larger board ( 6 1/2" x8 1/2")
Red Castle in Lunan Bay , near Montrose. Carolyn Lamb 27th & 28th August 2018. Oil. This bay between Montrose and Arbroath has been on my 'to paint' list for years. You spot the 15th century Red Castle on its hump perched beside the fantastic sand dunes and long sandy beach as you whiz past on the train. That gives the best view of the castle as closer up the ruins look odd, - more like an animal sitting down than a castle. Although that was the view I thought I would paint, it is still on my 'to do' list . This time I went a bit closer onto the dunes.
Weir on the River Frome , Frenchay. Carolyn Lamb. 13th August 2018. 20 x 20cm. Out this week with Stuart and Jane, painting along the banks of the River Frome. This is the first time I have been painting on the Oldbury Court estate. We are following in the footsteps of the 19th century Bristol School of Artists who often painted along the Frome around Snuff Mills .
SS Great Britain car park. Carolyn Lamb. Oil. 2018. Earlier this month I was painting the Macarthur warehouse down Bristol Docks. Not much has changed to its derelict state in the 2 years since I last painted it. More ivy and a wooden hoarding around the bottom. The flag is from the SS Great Britain.
Garden House with Sunflowers. Carolyn Lamb. 30th & 31st July 2018. 12" x 12". Oil. Flowers, vegetables and raspberries flank the path to the summerhouse Tim built. He calls it the collection centre as it stores hundreds of books and there is also a small studio on the left side. Hazel always grows an abundance of flowers so there is never a shortage of interesting subjects in their garden.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november