Malvern Artist painting landscapes of the Malvern Hills.

Sketching Kit

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I’ve spent years always wanting the best sketching kit set up and after wasting money on things I really don’t need, I’ve reverted back to just carrying just a few things. Keeping things minimal and light.

 

• Watercolour box
• Moleskine Sketchbook
• Thermorest seat pad
• Brush roll with a selection of brushes
• Sigg water bottle for drink and to wash brushes with
• Cup
• Gloves
• Bull dog clips
• Pencils
• Waterproof pens
• Camera
• Canvas bag
• Warm hat

 

Sketching Kit

The Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills have been my subject of choice to paint since the age of 16, some 20 years ago. They certainly have a hold of me and are my sole focus of my work. I live on them, I walk on them, I’ve grown up on them. With over 1000 paintings sold of the Malvern hills, I thought I would share the names of each of the hills in the below diagram to help you put a name to a painting.

 

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Download a higher res pdf of the map above, click here

 

The Malvern Hills are a range of hills in the English counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and a small area of northern Gloucestershire. The Hills run north/south for about 13 km (8 miles). More info can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern_Hills

 

Malvern Hill Heights (ft/m)
End Hill (1,079ft, 329m)
Table Hill (1,224ft, 373m)
North Hill (1,303ft, 397m)
Sugarloaf Hill (1,207ft, 368m)
Worcestershire Beacon (1,395ft, 425m)
Summer Hill (1,253ft, 382m)
Perseverance Hill (1,066ft, 325m)
Jubilee Hill (1,073ft, 327m)
Pinnacle Hill (1,174ft, 358m)
Black Hill (north) (1,011ft, 308m)
Black Hill (south) (886ft, 270m)
Tinkers Hill (700ft, 213m)
Herefordshire Beacon (British Camp) (1,109ft, 338m)
Millennium Hill (1,073ft, 327m)
Broad Down (958ft, 292m)
Hangman’s Hill (906ft, 276m)
Swinyard Hill (889ft, 271m)
Midsummer Hill (932ft, 284m)
Hollybush Hill (794ft, 242m)
Raggedstone Hill (east top) (820ft, 250m)
Raggedstone Hill (west top) (833ft, 254m)
Chase End Hill (625ft, 191m)

The Malvern Hills

New Pochade Boxes

I feel lucky to have met such kind people in my life. One person being Rene PleinAir, we shared a room in Dinan in France on a wapping artists group painting trip a few years ago. We didn’t know each other but knew of each others work. His kindness and care shines through.
The new pochade boxes started with a comment on a Facebook post that he had made for another painter. Having just moved house I had no money at all but Rene kindly crafted the most beautiful boxes I’ve owned, a labour of love as the practical details are beautiful. I am excited to use these tools for many years to come.

 

Thank you Rene.

 

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New Pochade Boxes

New Year New Studio

An exciting day, the 4th January I have finally moved into a new studio ready for an exciting 2016 of painting. I tend to paint mainly plein air outside but every painter needs a base and to work on larger studio pieces. Keeping things simple with just an easel given to me by my old gallery owner of the Cowleigh Gallery, a painting rail that doubles up to hold my pochades, shelving for pochade boxes, paints, books, materials, a small laptop to look after my site/social networks and a table to frame on. Its a space I want to keep open and free from clutter focusing just on the paintings. Keep an eye on new paintings being added soon!…

 

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New Year New Studio