Walking 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
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!
A quick acrylic sketch for a Sunday hangover. Painted from an old picture of my twins, Archie & Amelia, at Woolacombe, one of our fantastic local beaches here in North Devon, England. Painted onto a canvas board 300mm x 250mm.
Tiz me at the Instow Yacht Club annual RNLI exhibition. Looking like a character from The Grapes Of Wrath straight from work. Hopefully I can manage to sell at least one picture to keep me in paints and brushes, so if you live close to Instow in North Devon please come along and have a look. Lots of paintings, jewelry, ceramics & textiles. Sadly no paintings sold but managed to part with a few prints, that’s showbiz. AL
Watercolour painting of Fremington Quay in North Devon, England. A day of my first fishing trip with my son Archie aged 14. It’s safe to say that not a single creature was hurt in the making of this day. This is painted using my own prepared Bideford Black a pigment found on the North Devon Coast. This was not a drawn out affair as I’m trying to free up and freshen my work. Dimensions are 340mm x 480mm on handmade paper.
An acrylic on canvas painting 750mm x 500mm. If you travel to Hartland Abbey in North Devon you can park and then walk down to Blackpool Beach it’s a pebbly beach with some wonderful formations and waterfalls. Near to the beach is a wonderful cottage which used in the films, Sense and Sensibility, The Night Manager and The Shell Seekers. I particularly liked the midday sun, shadows and tidal pool. I quite think the distance looks a little sci fi. Al