Friday, 23 December 2011

Painting of Rossendale Lancashire in Winter Rob miller RSA

Rossendale Winter 2010
Up on Cowpe
24 inches x 48"
Oil on Board


Up on Cowpe this time, last year were I got the inspiration to paint the winter ridge painting  Rossendale Winter; it was like Siberia with shards of ice underfoot and bitterly cold on the frozen, flooded bog , skating under  swirling snow clouds; we walked towards an horizon marked by the sulphur yellow of Manchester; this year if we did the same walk we would be knee deep in bog, and Manchester would be hidden by a wall of fog;  sadly there is no snow forecast for  the west Pennines this Christmas instead we have a sleety rain;  Christmas will be a damp affair under leaden skies so time will be spent by the the Christmas tree before we walk to the Inn for Christmas dinner , quaff  wine and ale, eat mince pies and make merry.....
best wishes 

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Painting of Wellfield Cranham Cotswolds on canvas

Wellfield track autumn
50 cm x 40 cm
acrylic on canvas

Its great to get a commission especially when its from direct ancestor and near the ancestral home of Sir Francis Drake. I love this field and track its so English. The great man may well have walked this track. O to be in England now that autumn has come. What was that don't give up the day job!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Watercolour painting of Ashaig Isle of Skye Scotland

Norberts view
Ashaig, Isle of Skye, Western Isles, UK.
watercolour on paper
In memory of  Norbert, one of the good guys; Norbert loved Ashaig and the Isle of Skye, he also enjoyed a good chat and drink at the Flag Inn Bolton, Lancashire.  Norbert waren Sie ein zutreffender Herr.  Wir heben unsere Biergläser zu Ihnen an; salut

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Watercolour painting of Striding Edge Ullswater Cumbria

Striding Edge 1 summertime low cloud
watercolour and ink

What a great place on which to sit contemplate and paint 

Painting of Rivington Lancashire to White Coppice Rob Miller sketch book

Rivington Sketch Book December 2011

A new project on the go:- 

I'm actually going to do something with all the drawings and watercolours from my frequent walks around this area and Tockholes. What that is I am not sure but it will be about the process of drawing and watercolours so it will be based on paper.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Painting of Breaking weather Western Isles on canvas

Beach Isle of Skye
60 cm x60 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Beach Isle of Skye
60 cm x 60 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Breaking weather' is the title of my second series of Western Isles paintings, this series finds me on the beaches of a number of islands but mostly around Lewis Uist and Skye;  the breaking weather caused by a new frontal weather system moving in over the Atlantic brings an Andalusia sparkle to the white sands and clear seas.

Oil paintings of Lancashire Pendle district

Pendle Twiston Moorland farm and oaks
Oil on linen paper
24cm x18 cm

Pendle misted sunshine and barn
Oil on linen paper
24cm x18cm
Currently I'm working on five series in the studio moving from one area to the next. This series the Pendle series is great fun. These two small paintings are a part of a series of 8 or more covering a walk from Downham through Rimington and Twiston and back across Pendle and down through the gloaming back to the village arriving at the car in the dark.  It was a superb Pendle day of rolling mists over the fell. The mists covered an autumnal blue sky and the wind shifts allowed dull patches of cloud to become transformed into amazing light shifts; whilst down below the light was silver and bright. I love this area for Downham village which is very special, the looming atmosphere created by Pendle and its great trees; and have since I first walked here  many years ago as a kid with the Blackburn Ramblers in 1965.  I did this Sunday walk about 8 miles long with Barbara  a few weeks ago. I did plenty of sketches at the time which I will develop and upload as part of this series the lot will then appear as a group on the mountain moods website.  Oil is by far the best and most understanding medium for painting this subject or indeed any subject matter and the completed works have a real vibrancy and shine to them.