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Paintings in acrylic watercolour and oil


 updated: 7 February 2019

This blog shows a selection of my work over the past few years.

Recent paintings:


The beach at Hythe, Kent
acrylic on canvas board, 12x16 inches



Near Porthmadog, at low tide
acrylic on canvas using a cool palette based on pthalo blue, raw umber and red, 10x14 inches




A Venetian canal painted from a photograph taken in 2017
acrylic on canvas, 17x14 inches




The Stag
acrylic on board, 14x16 inches




The Balcary Bay Hotel, Colvend Coast, Solway Firth
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches




Corfe Castle, Dorset, from the old railway line circa 1982
acrylic on board, 6x8 inches




St Mary's Loch, Scottish Borders
acrylic on board, 11x14 inches




Still life with jug and candlestick
acrylic on board, 8x6 inches





 Small Moffat landscape paintings in pastel:










Mediterranean coast
acrylic on board, 12x15 inches




Colliery railway from a photograph taken at Maesteg, South Wales, in 1972. Loaded trucks hauled away from the pit by a Hunslet 'Austerity' saddle tank locomotive
acrylic on card, 8x10 inches





Ventnor station, Isle of Wight, 1965
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches





Painting the boats at St Ives
acrylic on canvas board, 8x10 inches






A3 class No. 60081 'Shotover' leaving Carlisle for Glasgow, circa. 1960
 acrylic on board, 18x22 inches




A3 class leaving York on the northbound 'Queen of Scots'
acrylic on canvas, 18x22 inches





Portloe, Cornwall
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches




Cottage near Shieldaig, Loch Torridon, Wester Ross
acrylic on board, 11x15 inches





The big rock at Portling on the Solway
acrylic on canvas, 20x20 inches




African elephant
acrylic on canvas, 20x20 inches




The train to Mallaig
acrylic on canvas, 16x20 inches



The lighthouse at Killantringan Bay
acrylic on card



Eriskay towards South Uist, Outer Hebrides
acrylic on canvas, 12x16 inches






Plockton,  Scottish Highlands
acrylic on canvas, 16x20 inches




Still life
acrylic on card, 10x7 inches





Still life
acrylic on card, 8x10 inches





Still life finger painting
made with 'Infinite Painter' (Android app.) using a preset palette



Still life with copper tray
acrylic on card, 11x8 inches approx






High tide at Kirkcudbright, 20 July 2015
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches




Kamilia Beach near Fiskardo, Kefalonia
acrylic on board, 14x18 inches








Adamsholm, near Moffat
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches




A corner of the garden, made for an open gardens event
oil on canvas, 8x10 inches



Poppies with cupid (borrowed from Cezanne), also for the garden event
oil on canvas, 8x10 inches




Crofter's cottage
acrylic on board, 6x8 inches





Two imagined coastal scenes - acrylic on board












Sketch for a possible larger work
acrylic on card





Arran seen from the beach at Dunoon
acrylic on canvas




Scottish Highland scene
acrylic on board, 8x10 inches




The lock at Cropredy, Oxford Canal
acrylic on board
This little painting - it's only about 8x10 inches - is my favourite.  We used to go boating on the canal and know the village well.  The painting was made from a photo taken about 15 years ago but the memory was enough to get some feeling into the picture.



A complete change of subject. This is the well known Beattock bank on the main line from Carlisle to Glasgow. In the days of steam, trains struggled up the hill, often requiring an additional engine to make the grade. This is from an old photograph (not contemporary of course!) and shows a Glasgow-bound train hauled by one of the LMS 'Black 5' locomotives, number 44878.
acrylic on board, 17.5x18 inches 





working sketch for a larger painting
acrylic on cardboard




Slightly cubist still life, with fruit bowl, borrowed from Matisse
gouache on paper






acrylic on board, 10x12 inches




acrylic on canvas board, 10x12 inches





Auchencastle farm, up in the hills near Moffat  
acrylic on mount board, 8x10 inches




Killantringan Bay, Galloway
acrylic on canvas, 16x20 inches





Spring at Annan Water, near Moffat
acrylic on canvas, 16x20 inches




By the Sea
acrylic on board, 30x42 cm






Sandwich, Kent
small watercolour, worked from a photograph in 'Kent - The King's England', Arthur Mee, 1949




One subject, two different treatments:


The Brecon Canal
acrylic on board, 10x12 inches






oil on canvas board, 12x16 inches






Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal c.1978
drawing with brush and indian ink, overpainted in watercolour, on cartridge paper, 8x8 inches 




Highland Harbour (2)
acrylic on board, 10x14 inches




Moffat from Annan Water
acrylic on board, 9x11 inches





Port William, Galloway
acrylic on board, 10x12 inches




Cornish Harbour
acrylic on board, 6x8 inches




Highland Harbour (1)
acrylic on board, 10x14 inches





Polperro Harbour at low tide
 acrylic on canvas, 30x30 cm




Eilean Donan Castle is a firm favourite for artists. The subject is perfect for a landscape painter from whichever angle it is viewed. It offers mountains, architecture, water and reflections in a balanced composition. There is something romantic about an island castle although the present building was largely constructed in the early 20th century, the original castle having been a ruin for many years.
oil on canvas, 22x18 inches





The Annan Water valley looking north
acrylic on canvas, 12x16 inches



Corehead, to the north of Moffat
acrylic on board. 18x14 inches 




Ericstane
acrylic on board, 16x20 inches


























The Moffat hills
acrylic on board, 12x12 inches





























This semi-abstract landscape was inspired by the hills around Moffat Well. (Moffat was once a spa town and visitors travelled up to the well to sample the waters.)
acrylic on board, 29x24 inches





























This is the Annan Water Valley, near Howslack looking towards White Hill, on a sunny afternoon.
acrylic on canvas, 16x12 inches



















Again in the Annan Valley, this time closer to Moffat, is a painting of the early summer flowers and blossom.
acrylic on board, 22x16 inches


Low tide at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall.   
acrylic on canvas, 12x16 inches


A less conventional view of the same subject. This is a knife painting made with oil paint (on canvas). The paint is applied quickly and decisively without excessive regard for detail, the object being to create a strong pattern of colour and form. 




A dog portrait set at Port William near the Mull of Galloway. 
acrylic on canvas, 12x16 inches






Marine subjects always interest me. Boats are as close as inanimate objects get to life-painting; they need to curve in the right places to look convincing. Both the pictures below are painted in acrylic on primed board, the third painting being a watercolour on cartridge paper.

Polperro, Cornwall - from a photograph taken at low tide.






Fishing boats at Walberswick, Suffolk. This is a favourite spot for painters as compositions almost form themselves.





This watercolour is based on an old view of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.





Cockburnspath, Berwickshire
small watercolour study on Sennelier 140lb (rough) paper





Still life
acrylic on board, 8x10.5 inches



The next two pictures are from scenes in the Isle of Lewis. The "blackhouses" and coastal cottages are a strong feature of the landscape.
Both pictures are 16x12 inches and painted in acrylic.






















 This seashore scene from Orkney employs Samuel Peploe's style.




'The Watchie' at Catterline, near Stonehaven, was the last home and studio of Joan Eardley when she was painting the tempestuous North Sea. The building is perched right on the cliff edge overlooking the small harbour and her studio juts out towards the ocean.
watercolour on 140lb Bockingford paper


Prussia Cove on the south coast of Cornwall
oil on canvas. 24x20 inches




This view was painted from a holiday snap looking along 'Agios Nicholas' towards the church of St Nicholas in the Cambielo district of Corfu Town.
acrylic, 12x9 inches





The White House at Kalami on the island of Corfu. This is the beachside former home of the writer Lawrence Durrell.
acrylic on board, 12x16 inches




Another sunny subject is this Tuscan farmhouse, the strong blues and oranges suggesting the warm climate.
acrylic on board, 16x12 inches




Panelled room with dog
acrylic on board, 16x12 inches




Thanks for visiting!

(All work shown is copyright, Robert Stace)





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