Pen & Ink drawing of a duck on the Braunton Marsh 320 x 260mm. At the moment this wonderful habitat to wildlife and beautiful area of Braunton is under threat as a dyke has broken down and the sea in moving inland. The Braunton Marshes are a hidden asset of North Devon supporting wildlife of national and international importance. It’s now under imminent serious threat. An environmental disaster is looming on the horizon due to a sea breach of great significance unless immediate action is undertaken by relevant parties.
Please visit the Facebook page, Friends of Braunton Marsh https://www.facebook.com/groups/400589393729546/.
Please also sign the petition please. visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-braunton-marshes-from-being-lost-before-it-s-too-late-1?source=facebook-share-button&time=1515353784
Acrylic on canvas 400 x 500mm.
Tarr Steps in the Exmoor National Park. The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. They are located in a national nature reserve about 2.5 miles south east of Withypool and 4 miles north west of Dulverton.
A typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge’s listing assesses it as medieval in origin. The stone slabs weigh up to two tons each. According to local legend, they were placed by the devil that he might sunbathe. The bridge is 180 feet (55 m) long and has 17 spans. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building and Ancient Monument.
Half of the bridge was washed away by the river whilst heavily swollen by rain in December 2012 and was re-assembled. It was damaged again in November 2016 and has been repaired again by Somerset County Council.
After a walk on Exmoor and an iPhone shot this is the result. A pen & ink sketch of a scene along the walk. I loved the stark brightness of the Autumn sun and decided to draw what I saw. The highlights along the path really stand out this time of year. This will be printed as a limited edition as seen below. A few adjustments have been made and the sun’s shine has been made more circular. Al
On a cold wet Sunday it’s time to say in and paint something from the summer to warm me up. This is an acrylic on canvas painting 500mm x 600mm of the trail that leads from the wonderful Croyde Beach, in North Devon. The walk eventually leads to the famous local Thatch, a popular pub in the village of Croyde. Al
Another Biddieblack painting of one of the drains on Braunton Burrows. This was initially sketched at the junction where you turn left towards the toll road which leads to Crow Point. I quite like the sheep’s wool caught on the barbed wire to the left of the picture. Al
Just a summer sketch from some pictures in my portfolio. A reminder of hot summer rides around Braunton Burrows and Crow Point. Painted in my own prepared Bideford Black on handmade paper 480mm x 510mm.
A commissioned pen and ink drawing of the tunnels beach in Ilfracombe, North Devon. Now with it’s happy owner in Birmingham. More information can be found on their website http://www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk/. It’s a wonderful suntrap of a beach with a natural rock swimming pool. If you’re ever in Ilfracombe on a sunny day then it’s certainly worth a visit. Al
Walking around Winsford you come to this line of trees on the downward stretch of the moor. I liked the how the sunlit fields behind the tree caught the eye. This is a mixed media painting 510mm x 300mm. As usual the titanium white becomes prominent in a photograph but not on the original work. Al
Another mixed media painting from a wonderful part of Somerset This part of Exmoor is just coming down hill into Winsford. Image size 510mm x 310mm. Pencil, pastel and acrylic on handmade paper. For once this is a painting that I actually like. I know this makes no sense but usually I look at the final thing and there’s always something that could’ve done better or simpler. Sadly the subtle blues in the tree’s canopy and ground details become lost in a photograph but at least I feel that I’m heading in the right direction with my work. Al
Very pleased to have a painting accepted by the Burton Gallery for this year’s Christmas exhibition. It is of my mixed media painting Gateway To Manning’s Pit. Please visit the website on facebook Friends Of Manning’s Pit who are trying to save a wonderful area of our English countryside from a planning application to build affordable housing. The very thought of this going through upsets me greatly. Al