The Burrows Hut.

Finished acrylic of Hut On The Burrows 405mm x 510mm).  Another painting of the hut on Braunton Burrows North Devon.  Just love this place and have spent recent hours watching the sticklebacks playing in the stream, which is called the boundary drain.  Still liking the cow parsley!  The last picture shows another picture of the same hut I painted during the winter wit early morning dew and ice on the water.  Al

Dunster & Castle.

A hot father’s day visiting Dunster in Somerset, England.  Dunster has a wonderfully intact yarn market building and cracking cream teas.  The temperature today levelled off at 33° and the heat began to melt the tar on some roads.  We visited the castle and grounds.  The walk beside the stream to the old mill proved very cool and under the shady trees gunneras with their prehistoric leaves created a welcoming shade.  In a distant field we could see and archery tournament underway which looked quite impressive against the backdrop of the castle.  Finally the day proved too uncomfortable for an ill prepared family and we returned to the village and ate a hearty cream tea with Earl Grey Tea.  Al

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Finished work ready to be lost behind my front room sofas. 

Spent the morning mounting and presenting a few of my more recent pictures. All covered in cellophane ready to be moved on hopefully. Once this process is complete they’re finished and it’s time to move onto more compositions.  They usually find their way behind the back of the sofas in my front room never to be seen again!  I’m not too good at selling and self promotion and often think that facebook likes & suchlike are merely polite clicks on a phone or laptop.  With that said I’m still going to enjoy painting and creating…. Al

Cow Parsley at Watermouth.

IMG_3315After a visit to Watermouth Cove in North Devon this painting became.  Mixed media of acrylic, watercolour pencil, pastel & pen.  Along one of the shady walkways I came across a clump of cowparsley and took a quick pic on my iPhone.  Love this plant it always reminds me of spring and the smell after the rain is just wonderful.

Silent Noon by Christina Rossetti
Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, –
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
‘Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
‘Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: –
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

Al.

Watersmeet & Valley of the Rocks.

A rescued Sunday from the weather forecaster’s promise.  It was supposed to be windy and raining but instead we were given sun with wind instead.  Cream Teas at the Watersmeet House where Chaffinches mugged us for our crumbs. and then onto the Valley of the Rocks where the formations dominate the landscape.  At the top of the valley has to be the most picturesque cricket pitches ever.  Time to paint some pictures I think … Al

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Midday At Bucks Mills.

18813637_1494718907245504_9195562976165650723_nBack to a little Pen & ink just to change the tempo for awhile.  Midday at Bucks Mills a picturesque village on the North Devon coast in England.  This leads down to a stoney beach where in bygone time there used to be a small harbour and limekilns.  With a little licence i’ve added a few cow parsley plants to liven things up.  The cabin in the middle of the picture is owned by the National Trust and used to be an artist’s retreat.  Still used today although not as a residence.

I dedicate this picture to the memory of an old art teacher of mine, ‘James Paterson A.R.C.A. 1916 – 1986.  Know to us as Jimmy’  who painted some wonderful watercolours of this village and the surrounding area

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On the road to Cobbaton.

 

A painting of the road to Cobbaton in North Devon.  A dreary wet afternoon and saw this driving towards Cobbaton Combat, a military exhibition/collection which is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Painted using Bideford Black on handmade paper 400mm x 500mm.   I quite liked the wet reflections on the road leading into darkness and a blind corner.  I must say I do so prefer the summer.  Al

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Bucks Mills.

Bucks Mills on the North Devon coast, England.  A wonderful little village nestled in the trees overlooking the sea.  Once a small harbour with evidence of old lime kilns on the stoney beach.  I particularly liked the small artists retreat house owned by the National Trust.  Next harbour along the coast is a very picturesque cobbled stoned village called Clovelly.  Al

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