Painting conkers in Autumn

Painting conkers in Autumn

Painting conkers in Autumn

In September and October there are plenty of subjects to paint and after a forage on the local common I am currently painting conkers and shells. When the conkers are fresh they are a concentrated cluster of colour and a great subject for oil studies.

Painting conkers in Autumn

‘Conkers and shell’ oil on canvas panel 10 x 8 ins AVAILABLE go to the Paintings page.

I spent the morning searching around for anything that might make an interesting painting or oil study. I came home with a large bag full of stuff !

Painting conkers in Autumn

Autumnal found-objects to paint… this is about half of it.

All this stuff is then mixed and matched with items from my ‘permanent collection’. The conkers tend to go dull after a short while and the outer shells go mouldy, so you have to make the best of them while you can. I think I have enough material to keep me going for a few days at least !

Painting conkers in Autumn

‘Conkers and shell’ in progress

These are a few studies that I made last year – or ‘laggy yearers’ as we would call them in Yorkshire…

Painting conkers in Autumn

‘Conker No.2’ oil on canvas board 4 x 4 ins AVAILABLE go to the paintings page.

Painting conkers in Autumn

‘Conker No.1’ oil on canvas board 4 x 4 ins AVAILABLE go to the Paintings page.

still life painting crab apple and conkers

‘Crab apple and conkers’ oil on gesso panel 8 x 8 ins

Elbow room needed !

My painting space is not very large and I have a great deal of stuff crammed in there. I decided to move my easel around to try and make the most of the natural light available from the small window, but as you can see, I need a bigger space !

Painting conkers in Autumn

My crowded painting space.

Question: Do I need planning permission to add an ‘upstairs’ to my shed ?

Conkers in green glass.

Painting conkers in Autumn

Conkers in green glass in progress…

I have always been fascinated by the depiction of transparency in paintings. I added the green glass bowl to give me the interesting challenge of painting the effect of the green glass on the red conkers. The conkers lose their rich colour quickly so I spent three two-hour sessions on this painting.

Painting conkers in Autumn

‘Conkers in green glass’ oil on canvas panel.

I still have things to photograph from these sessions and will post them as soon as I can.