The start of an acrylic painting of Greencliff near Abbottsham in North Devon. It is here where I go to collect the pigment I use to produce Bideford Black. The base colours are down and the white gesso primer covered. Now to start the painting. Al

Above are pictures of progress so far, I’ve also started another smaller painting of a sunset at Broadsands on Northam Burrows in North Devon.

Roborough Hill.

Another picture inspired from Roborough near Pilton, Barnstaple. I’m using some broken sticks from the hill to create some surface texture. This is painted using Bideford Black hand prepared paint on thick cartridge paper. The view is of looking toward the top of road leading down to Raleigh and Barnstaple. In the distance there is a slight glimpse of the River Taw leading to Fremington Quay, Instow and Crow Point. Al

Roborough Hill.

A couple of pictures from my latest foray up the very steep Roborough Hill near Pilton in North Devon. I’ve slightly tinted the black and white images to give them that look of an old school 1930s travel book. I remember, as a boy, looking through those old musty picture books of the world and it was from these very books that fuelled my inspiration to travel. These pictures will eventually become large Bidiford Black paintings.

Roborough Hill

The main reason why I was there today was to pick a place to photograph the Spitfire flying over the country’s hospitals with ‘THANK U NHS’ under it’s wings. I decided to return down the hill and finally took the picture below.

Spitfire over North Devon District Hospital

A few framed pictures!

It’s always nice to see how other people choose frames for my paintings! I worked in a picture framers for a few years called Doidge Fine Art in the 70s and 80s and like to think I’ve an idea how things should be done. But I’m always surprised by how others tastes complement my paintings, very rarely am I disappointed! Al

Floating Off Combesgate Beach.

A large digital painting I’ve been dabbling with on and off for a few years now! Using the app Procreate on my iPad image size 3,915 x 1,690 dpi. This image was captured on a GoPro camera between sets whilst surfing off Combesgate Beach in North Devon. In the distance you can see the back of the break with a few surfers making the most of a kind summer swell.

Below are the three layers I’ve used to create this large image. Once connected the final image is complete.

Above the completed image on the left and on the right just playing with photoshop to exchange the painted sky with a photographic one! Time to now move on as this composition is finally over and dusted. Al

Staff of the NHS Barnstaple, North Devon.

Presently I’m working on a series of sketches of some of my colleagues at North Devon District Hospital at Raleigh Park, Barnstaple. Pen and Ink on thick cartridge paper. So far I’ve drawn ODPs (Operating Department Pratitioners), a member of our Support Staff and Recovery Nurses. I’m also experimenting with Uni-Ball Needle Pens and the moment instead of my usual traditional knib or Staedtler fine draughting pens!

Cannis Aground.

A large acrylic painting on gesso primed 900 x 460mm board! This is of the old Tug / Service Vessel built in 1953. It is now lying at rest in a little inlet on the River Torridge near Appledore Shipyard in North Devon. I was taken with this image on a walk along the coast from Bideford to Westward Ho with all the rubbish and feeling of dereliction. In a dimly lit inlet this boat appears quite striking in the bright spring sunshine reflecting on the creamy white paintwork. After discussions with locals there appears controversy with regard it’s presence! Al

The start of new paintings.

The start of two paintings.
One entitled Westward Ho Pebbles with this I’m going to experiment with montage using cut out and shaded paper pebbles. This is to be painted with Bideford Black on a slightly hardier water colour paper 420 x 560mm. I’ve tried using fairly robust paper in the past but when using a surgical blade to apply scratching, textures and back highlights it proved too hard to utilise properly. This new paper I’m experimenting with will hopefully combine the right balance of hardiness and work-ability.
The second painting, Cannis Aground, will be an acrylic on gesso primed board 900 x 490mm. Well we’ll see how the progress or perhaps not!