Tree, Early Morning Light, San Jose


Tree, Early Morning Light, San Jose, California, 30 x 21cm, Acrylic on Paper, 17-21:6:2017, by David Lloyd

                                           Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21 cm, June 2017                                                             This painting was done “en plein air” over three early morning sessions in San Jose, California. It was painted whilst I was staying with relatives in San Jose. I was struck by the strange beauty and shape of this tree and also the beautiful crispness of the morning light in California. I painted it over three sessions because the light would change as the sun rose higher and changed the colours and shadows of the sky and branches of the tree. I built up the detail of this painting by overlaying and adding thin layers of transparent Acrylic paint on top of each other.

Carmel Beach, California

Carmel Beach,California, 27 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 17:6:17, by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 17/6/17 

This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing was done on a day trip to the very special town of Carmel, California. It was my first visit here and as we arrived I was surprised by the unique beauty of the houses and roads that seemed to have been built as part of the surrounding forest. The town centre is full of Art Galleries and has lots of unique architecture. This drawing was done whilst sitting on the beach during a brief visit with family. The waves were quite strong and choppy, creating a lot of white water and mist, which was a nice contrast to the deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean.

Bamboo Island, Thailand

Bamboo Island and Long tail Boat from Laem Tong Beach,(loose) Phi Phi Island, 25:10:15

Acrylic on Black Paper, 14.5 x 20 cm, 25/10/2015

This painting was done at the same time as the larger Bamboo Island with Longtail Boat from a path on Laem Tong Beach outside Room 118. This smaller work is more expressive and allowed me to see how the thin layers of tone and colour worked when built up. You can see the dark areas of coral in the shallow water and the darker deeper ocean leading to small deserted beaches on Bamboo Island. I like the way the black background and thin layers of paint create the feeling of evening or moonlight although it was painted during the day.

Coral, Rocks and Ocean, Thailand 2

Rocks, coral and ocean from room 516(loose),22:10:15

Acrylic on Black Paper, 14.5 x 20.5 cm, 22/10/2015

This picture was done at the same time as the previous larger painting at the same location. A few years ago I noticed that as I paint ” en plain air” one of the issues was having to wait for paint to dry or having excess paint leftover, so I started to experiment with doing more than one picture at a time. This not only allows me to test colours and tones before applying them to the “main” picture, it also allows me to be looser and more free with my mark making, sometimes leading to unexpected results. On this trip I decided to try working on black paper and I like the different feeling it gives these smaller expressive paintings.