Croyde, the path to the Thatch.

croydeOn 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


Punch Bowl nr Winsford.

Publication1Walking 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


Bye Hill.

Publication1Another 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



The Burton Gallery in Bideford

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

Woolacombe Beach.

Publication1 copyAfter 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

Bye Hill near Winsford

Bye Hill copyA 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!