Posted on November 21, 2011
28 x 38 cm (approx 11 x 15 inches).
© The Artist. sold
Posted on November 14, 2011
Oil on MDF panel
30 x 40cm (approx 12 x 16 inches).
© The Artist.
It was windy and the leaves were shaking.
Posted on March 11, 2011
This is the 500th post on this blog (489 published, 11 drafts not yet published).
postcriptum 2013 – been editting down the blog, so this is one will no longer number 500
Many thanks for your following. Your comments are an encouragement to me 🙂
Just blogging away… Just keep on keeping on… Just painting away 🙂
What else would I do with my hours? Hmmm, well… I really must finish off & publish my ‘How to Paint’ book.
‘La Vallée de Bergerac depuis Monbazillac’
Oil on Canvas
81 x 65 cm (approx 32 x 28 inches)
© Adam Cope
Another large oil of the same view dating from the same period :
Oil. 85 x 80 cm © SOLD
Posted on March 16, 2010
50 x 31 cm
© adam cope
Posted on March 3, 2010
Souvent les gens jugent un tableau à première vue, mais come le vin, l’œuvre si elle est réussie doit permettre d’aller chercher un second goût. La phase de conception est très important car ce sont ces arrières saveurs, ces seconds arômes qu’il va falloir faire remonter – Adam Cope, Magazine ‘Terre de Vins’ Jan/Fev2009 – lire l’article
Other news is that the wild geese have been migrating back to SW France during the last week. Flying overhead, often around evening time, their wings cutting throught the air,making a slicing whooshing sound, that makes the heart leap with joy! This is a sure sign of the end of winter. YIPEE!
If you know SW France , then you’ll love the photo-blog of my friend Boguy : IMAGES EN PERIGORD
Posted on February 28, 2010
Medium Size Oil on Canvas
61 x 46 cm (approx 24 x 18 inches).
© adam cope
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring
forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and
I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they
Posted on November 19, 2009
Large Size Oil on Canvas
81 x 65 cm (approx 26 x 32 inches)
A tip for Plein-Air Painting
A tip to help this difficult plein-air trick is to consciously divide one’s painting time between sky & land. But then, the danger is that they won’t correspond correctly…. A 4pm landscape on a 6pm sky! Sometimes you have to tinker with plein-air paintings back in the studio to correct this issue.
What do you think? Does sky & land correspond correctly in my above painting?
Here’s the painting with a grey frame so as to keep true to the yellow/grey colour theme.
Posted on April 28, 2009
Finished state 2008 – 2009
Large Size Oil on canvas
72 x 54cm (approx 28,5 x 21 inches).
© The Artist.
30 x 40 cm
oil on panel
I don’t find it that difficult to substract elements whilst painting alla-prima en plein-air. Most people do this from the start of their career, editing out telegraph poles & street furniture etc. I frequently & consciously add pictural elements such as heightening the colours as needed or putting in an accent brush-stroke here or there as the painting demands. But actually moving the physical, real elements of a landscape around, such as placing a house here where it wasn’t , lifting up & planting a tree here where it wasn’t… recomposing the landscape to make the painting work. Pretty God-like, no?
Richard Schmid has this to say about recomposition :
Q. I have heard someone quote you as saying that you never add anything to a painting that is not in your subject, nor subtract anything. I find it difficult to believe you do not use individual expression in your work. Is that quote really true?
A. No. What I did say was this: When I am painting strictly to learn, I try to capture exactly what I see, neither adding nor subtracting things or changing colors, values, drawing, etc.
But—and this is a big BUT–when I paint to create a work of art (self-expression), ANYTHING goes. I am the creator and I am in charge. I often manipulate my subject freely to produce the image I want.
I also said that Nature is perfect and does not need changing. There can be no doubt about that. However, nature itself is constantly being changed by its own natural forces, and since I am a part of nature I can choose to paint it the way I wish to. Nature couldn’t care less, it will remain perfect.
The bottom line for me is that my result must look absolutely authentic. I want my viewer to accept my picture as real.
Posted on November 15, 2008
51 x 41 cm (20 x 16 inches).
© adam cope
This was done in one session, no corrections.. had to paint very quickly as it was my turn to pick the children up
good clouds in this medium size oil painting of vines…
I’ve painted this hill many times over the last ten years. Here’s an early medium size oil, when the corn is yellowed up & ready for harvest. When I painted the above this week, the farmer was harrowing in preparation to plant his winter barley & the last leaves hanging on the vines, the oaks turning bronze. Already !
Posted on October 26, 2008