A family walk around the cove and harbour. Hogweed and cow parsley beginning to flourish and warm spring sunshine bringing out the anglers on the cove’s rocks. Quite an idyllic place perhaps we will spend the odd summer’s night camping there. Al
A picture taken last year on the small roads in North Devon. Loved this tree and the water highlighting the road ahead. I think perhaps the use of some more Bideford Black will be in order. Al
A quick preparatory sketch exploring the tones and contrasts. It took about 45 mins using charcoal, Bideford Black, pastel & titanium white. Also a little scraping with a surgical scalpel.
A wonderful afternoon spent at Durdle Door in Dorset England. Warm spring sunshine and clear blue skies, although in a lot of places in England there was heavy rain. It appears that this area a Dorset has a microclimate that promotes clement weather. On one side of the rock is Durdle Door with it’s famous stone arch and on the other Man Of War Bay. After a few visits I think I prefer the latter. To get there don’t go to Lulworth Cove and walk, go up to the campsite on the hill and walk down it’s a much shorter walk. Al ps Paintings to follow!
A study in my own Bideford Black of a friend’s picture of her son. Entitled A boy and a puddle: a journey in wellies. Loved the composition a little like a previous picture of mine of a boy on Camden Lock in the 70s, also on this webpage. Overall this painting took about an hour and a half still trying to achieve a more spontaneous kind of composition so every study I do at the moment has to be time constrained. Just trying to escape my illustrator/draughtsman training and background. Al
Braunton Burrows acrylic sketch 16″ X 16″. Just getting back to painting after a break of three weeks. I’m getting a bit disillusioned about my work at the moment so instead of not painting I decided to complete a quick timed sketch. Not sure about this one but I’ll let it live on me a while. Oh well on with the next … Al
This painting was completed in the early 70s. I must have been about 14 years old. This was completed at school using gum arabic masking and gouache paints. Only found this the other day in my mother’s attic a shame about the small tear but pleased to see it again. Al