The light was great for painting today.

South of Town

21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

Bushes and Overpass
29.7 X 21 cm, oil on board.

Here is a step by step of the top piece.


Sea-Front Pizza Place

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I caught this at 'golden hour' and chased the light a bit.
It should have been 2 paintings really.


Backstreet in Las Palmas
21 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

A fairly high-key painting of some shaded backstreets.
 It was 34 C in the sun today.


Ornamental Fountain

25 X 30 cm. (10 X 12 in.) Oil on Board.


Pigeons on a Stone Fountain
30 X 24 cm. Oil on board.


Silver Street
24 X 30 cm. Oil on board.


University of Las Palmas building.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Behind the University is an amazing steep hillside of coloured buildings. 


Calle Nicolás Estévanez

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I walked around for ages before choosing this spot today.
I need to be more easy going, and not waste so much time being picky.


Park Bench

21 X 29.7 cm.

The sun was in and out all the time whilst painting this, and the bench was clearly one used by people waiting for the very regular bus, so folk didn't sit for long. 

I still enjoyed the lesson/ time though.



Spent quite a bit of the weekend exploring and painting cacti.

They are almost insect-like in their variety, hardiness and alien-esque appearance.

All these are A4 in size (29.7 X 21 cm) and oil on board.


Street Cafe

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

I tried hard to avoid all the unnecessary details.

They are a lot more work, difficult to do, and can often ruin an otherwise decent effort.


General Vives Street
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Gift Shop

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Seawall & Umbrella's
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Trying to make some good use of the extra hour now the clocks have changed.


Coast at La Hondura (Gran Canaria)

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

 We walked the furthest north we could possibly go today and the weather was great.
We found some shade below a large cliff and had the coast to ourselves.


Ever since I first saw this building I've wanted to paint it.
 It looks good in any weather condition and at any time of the day.

Building on Plaza de la Feria

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.


We went up into the mountains for the weekend.
I planned to paint a lot, but the weather had different plans.
 After climbing high up into a pinnacle-peaked forest, lightning tore the sky open and out fell a fantastic hail storm.

 Quite rare for the Canary Islands we were happily informed.
We tried to shelter under meager pines for some time but eventually admitted defeat.
This happened around 11 am each day and did not relent until we backed off the mountains.

Mountain Farms at Ayacata
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board

I painted this with one hand holding an umbrella, pulling down upon it as the wind whipped underneath to try and snatch it from me.

I did manage a couple of paintings in the early parts of the days:

Kingdom of the Bees (above Ravine of the Drowned)
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Cercados de Araña
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

 And this one after some rains:

Looking West at Roque Bentayga 
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

On the day we arrived the wind and clouds were moving so quickly I began wondering how I could paint when the land was constantly in sunlight then shade, and I hit upon the 'brainwave' of painting two paintings at once - one when the sun was out, and one when it was behind cloud.

 It became a futile confusing exercise where I simply reduced my concentration on either piece and ended up not really knowing what I was even painting.

Maybe if I'm lucky I can try again in twenty years or so, when I know what I'm doing.
For now I will just stick to the one painting at a time.


Sunday Parker

29.7 x 21 cm. Oil on board.

 I think I will begin a series of paintings based on cheeky parking.

There is enough of it around; and cars
 can really add some cohesion to a painting.

 Like a shiny pebble in a still life.


Quiet Saturday

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

It was quite late in the afternoon when I found this spot and the light was moving really quickly past these narrow streets.

Nearly every time I looked up there was slightly different light.

Like watching an intricate sun-dial.


Sunday in Triana

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Old Walls and Fallen Palm in the Barranco de Guiniguada.

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Plaza Trees

116 X 82 cm. Oil on canvas.

A 'studio' piece based on a plein-air from 2016.


Two from today. 

Drizzly Day in the Old Town
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Santa Ana Cathedral
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

 This was a pretty quick one (just over an hour) as the light was fading.

This is another where I shoe-horned the composition onto the board
 as I could not find a suitable spot to paint from.
Even though I prefer to sight-size, I don't want to be scared of doing this, so I'm glad of the practice..


Piece of the Atlantic Coast
28.5 X 80 cm. Oil on Canvas.

Based on an earlier plein-air from the rocky part of coast at the north end of Las Palmas.
It's original format was square but I never liked the lower part of the painting. 

Finally I cut it off.


A couple from yesterday wandering the old town of Las Palmas (Vegueta).

Shop in the Rain
25 X 30 cm. Oil on board.

Behind the Cathedral.
21 X 29.7cm. Oil on board.

I usually work sight-size.
 I feel it helps speed up the process when I am out painting - something very important when trying to paint plein-air. However, this time the buildings prevented me from painting this scene from the angle I wanted, so I tried shoe-horning the view into my panel.

 I'm not too disappointed to tell the truth. I might try it again.


View from a Window

42 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

It would have been 'boats on the beach', but I need to get nearer.

I nearly painted the wrong date in.


Alright, one last post before the new year.

Painted today on Las Canteras beach, looking south towards the centre of the island.

Last Day of the Year

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Happy New Year.


I thought I could post one more time before the year is up, so here are a few more plein-airs done over the last month.

 We spent some time down in the south of Gran Canaria, it was great to be outside making good use of the light again.

Boatyard in Puerto Mogan.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Sunset on Erosion.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Sunbathers on Las Canteras beach.
21 X 29.7 cm. Oil on board.

Southern Hillside.
42 X 29.7 cm. Oil on Board.

Road to Mogan.
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Poolside Diner.
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.


Two pieces from yesterday.

Calle Capitan Lucena
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

Este momento
29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.

The funny thing about neon is the more you squint, the clearer it becomes.
I sold this before I even finished it, so let the new owner name it.



A4. (29.7 X 21 cm.) Oil on board.

An hour by the docks.


Street in Vegueta

29.7 X 21 cm. Oil on board.