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
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
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!