After a few over paintings and desperate matters this is the finished item, acrylic on canvas 400mm x 400mm. I originally wanted figures within this composition but that proved futile. It’s rather funny how one’s confidence can ebb and flow with just one simple painting. At one point I wanted to punch a hole in it, and another give up painting all together. I’ve learn a lot from this and now to move onward. Thank bloody goodness after the wrestling it’s over. Al
A walk to a friend’s house last night through Pilton Church. On the cobbles were these fallen Autumn leaves highlighted by the church lamp. I think this will eventually become a large canvas painting.
A picture painted from a walk made earlier this year. Bye Hill on Exmoor in Somerset, England. 300mm x 300mm mixed media on paper. A wonderful walk and the pub in the village called The Royal Oak is fantastic. Al
PS Please check out my other site, Why Not Walk for an article about a circular walk around Winsford and the Exmoor National Park. Photos and walking guide!
A quick acrylic sketch for a Sunday hangover. Painted from an old picture of my twins, Archie & Amelia, at Woolacombe, one of our fantastic local beaches here in North Devon, England. Painted onto a canvas board 300mm x 250mm.
Tiz me at the Instow Yacht Club annual RNLI exhibition. Looking like a character from The Grapes Of Wrath straight from work. Hopefully I can manage to sell at least one picture to keep me in paints and brushes, so if you live close to Instow in North Devon please come along and have a look. Lots of paintings, jewelry, ceramics & textiles. Sadly no paintings sold but managed to part with a few prints, that’s showbiz. AL
Watercolour painting of Fremington Quay in North Devon, England. A day of my first fishing trip with my son Archie aged 14. It’s safe to say that not a single creature was hurt in the making of this day. This is painted using my own prepared Bideford Black a pigment found on the North Devon Coast. This was not a drawn out affair as I’m trying to free up and freshen my work. Dimensions are 340mm x 480mm on handmade paper.
An acrylic on canvas painting 750mm x 500mm. If you travel to Hartland Abbey in North Devon you can park and then walk down to Blackpool Beach it’s a pebbly beach with some wonderful formations and waterfalls. Near to the beach is a wonderful cottage which used in the films, Sense and Sensibility, The Night Manager and The Shell Seekers. I particularly liked the midday sun, shadows and tidal pool. I quite think the distance looks a little sci fi. Al
A wonderful cycle ride around the Braunton Marsh today. Autumn coming although the warmth is still there. Quite idyllic in many ways taking time to sit and watch sticklebacks in the crystal clear streams. Watching a kestrel annoy a large buzzard in the blue sky. More pictures for reference taken to paint through the incoming winter nights. Beneath is a previous painting of the same scene completed earlier this year. I think you can see nature gradually taking over again. Al
Peacock butterfly on the dried fencing in my backyard. Loved the sun’s light creating such a contrast between the colours of the butterfly and the dark shadow on the weathered wood. Acrylic on canvas 900mm x 600mm. The moment I quite like in this painting is the highlighted butterfly’s antennae disappearing into shadow.
I’ve taken a break from producing landscapes and revisiting portraiture. This is of the iconic Ronnie Wood, ex Faces now a Rolling Stone. I quite like the tabletop and his Converse shoes. I remember being left hundreds of old Melody Maker & Disc magazines from the 60s & 70s. Always thought Ronnie and Co were stylish dressers I remember one particular picture with Ronnie wearing black & white zebra striped flares, stack shoes and a sulphur yellow blazer playing with the Faces. Painted in acrylic on canvas and dimensions are 900mm x 600mm. Original image from Getty & Google Images.