Tarka Trail to Bideford.

On a warm spring Wednesday what more to do than cycle along North Devon’s Tarka Trail to Bideford and back.  I just love the cow parsley at this time of year with their familiar aroma of the season.  Arriving at Instow I treated myself to a rather lack lustre beer which was eventually discarded ‘Greene King West Coast IPA.’  I cycled onto Bideford and after a quick look at the Burton Art Gallery made my way back to Instow and some Sam’s Cider.  Then back to Fremington Quay to watch a military hovercraft doing it’s thing in the Taw Estuary.  Finally the last leg home through some more wonderfully green pathways to Barnstaple.  22.6 miles round trip and 736 calories burnt lol thanks to Strava’s input.  More paintings to come from this trip I’m sure.  Al

Cobbaton nr Codden Hill.

13072629_10156866824910717_8606620046189305823_oA picture taken last year on the small roads in North Devon.  Loved this tree and the water highlighting the road ahead.  I think perhaps the use of some more Bideford Black will be in order.  Al

A quick preparatory sketch exploring the tones and contrasts.  It took about 45 mins using charcoal, Bideford Black, pastel & titanium white.  Also a little scraping with a surgical scalpel.

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Durdle Door in Dorset.

A wonderful afternoon spent at Durdle Door in Dorset England.  Warm spring sunshine and clear blue skies, although in a lot of places in England there was heavy rain.  It appears that this area a Dorset has a microclimate that promotes clement weather.  On one side of the rock is Durdle Door with it’s famous stone arch and on the other Man Of War Bay.  After a few visits I think I prefer the latter.  To get there don’t go to Lulworth Cove and walk, go up to the campsite on the hill and walk down it’s a much shorter walk. Al  ps Paintings to follow!

A boy and a puddle; a journey in wellies. 

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A study in my own Bideford Black of a friend’s picture of her son.  Entitled A boy and a puddle: a journey in wellies.  Loved the composition a little like a previous picture of mine of a boy on Camden Lock in the 70s, also on this webpage.  Overall this painting took about an hour and a half still trying to achieve a more spontaneous kind of composition so every study I do at the moment has to be time constrained.  Just trying to escape my illustrator/draughtsman training and background.  Al

Braunton Burrows with cowparsley.

Braunton Burrows acrylic sketch 16″ X 16″.  Just getting back to painting after a break of three weeks.  I’m getting a bit disillusioned about my work at the moment so instead of not painting I decided to complete a quick timed sketch.  Not sure about this one but I’ll let it live on me a while.  Oh well on with the next … Al