Old tree in Stanmer Park


lovely Shirley

Always interesting to watch the work of a painter who's seeking to learn new ways of making marks - I see you use acrylics, as I often do: have you thought of using oils as well? They do help, I think, in improving brushwork - or if not 'improving' it exactly, giving you fresh ideas and experience of manipulating paint.

A super painting

Thank you. Robert, I've got some oils and I really ought to try them. I've got some of Bob Ross's odourless thinner, so maybe I will. 🙂👍

Thank you, Heather and Anne.

Beautiful painting Shirley

Bob Ross's odourless thinner is OK - but odourless doesn't mean not hazardous, so ensure you have plenty of ventilation. The Bob Ross paints are really only of much use for BR techniques - but if they're what you've got, they'd be a start.

Another beauty Shirley.

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Painted en Plein air last year, and developed further two or three times. Looking for more interesting marks and colours.

About the Artist
Shirley May

Always loved drawing and painting. Studied biology at UEA, PGCE at Sussex, then part-time art studies at Sussex and Brighton, including printmaking. Before Covid I gave a little weekly watercolour class for 7 years. Now I am using acrylics on canvas and paper en plein air whenever possible.

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