Cow Parsley at Watermouth.

IMG_3315After a visit to Watermouth Cove in North Devon this painting became.  Mixed media of acrylic, watercolour pencil, pastel & pen.  Along one of the shady walkways I came across a clump of cowparsley and took a quick pic on my iPhone.  Love this plant it always reminds me of spring and the smell after the rain is just wonderful.

Silent Noon by Christina Rossetti
Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, –
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
‘Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
‘Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: –
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

Al.

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Watersmeet & Valley of the Rocks.

A rescued Sunday from the weather forecaster’s promise.  It was supposed to be windy and raining but instead we were given sun with wind instead.  Cream Teas at the Watersmeet House where Chaffinches mugged us for our crumbs. and then onto the Valley of the Rocks where the formations dominate the landscape.  At the top of the valley has to be the most picturesque cricket pitches ever.  Time to paint some pictures I think … Al

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Midday At Bucks Mills.

18813637_1494718907245504_9195562976165650723_nBack to a little Pen & ink just to change the tempo for awhile.  Midday at Bucks Mills a picturesque village on the North Devon coast in England.  This leads down to a stoney beach where in bygone time there used to be a small harbour and limekilns.  With a little licence i’ve added a few cow parsley plants to liven things up.  The cabin in the middle of the picture is owned by the National Trust and used to be an artist’s retreat.  Still used today although not as a residence.

I dedicate this picture to the memory of an old art teacher of mine, ‘James Paterson A.R.C.A. 1916 – 1986.  Know to us as Jimmy’  who painted some wonderful watercolours of this village and the surrounding area

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On the road to Cobbaton.

 

A painting of the road to Cobbaton in North Devon.  A dreary wet afternoon and saw this driving towards Cobbaton Combat, a military exhibition/collection which is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Painted using Bideford Black on handmade paper 400mm x 500mm.   I quite liked the wet reflections on the road leading into darkness and a blind corner.  I must say I do so prefer the summer.  Al

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Bucks Mills.

Bucks Mills on the North Devon coast, England.  A wonderful little village nestled in the trees overlooking the sea.  Once a small harbour with evidence of old lime kilns on the stoney beach.  I particularly liked the small artists retreat house owned by the National Trust.  Next harbour along the coast is a very picturesque cobbled stoned village called Clovelly.  Al

Tarka Trail to Bideford.

On a warm spring Wednesday what more to do than cycle along North Devon’s Tarka Trail to Bideford and back.  I just love the cow parsley at this time of year with their familiar aroma of the season.  Arriving at Instow I treated myself to a rather lack lustre beer which was eventually discarded ‘Greene King West Coast IPA.’  I cycled onto Bideford and after a quick look at the Burton Art Gallery made my way back to Instow and some Sam’s Cider.  Then back to Fremington Quay to watch a military hovercraft doing it’s thing in the Taw Estuary.  Finally the last leg home through some more wonderfully green pathways to Barnstaple.  22.6 miles round trip and 736 calories burnt lol thanks to Strava’s input.  More paintings to come from this trip I’m sure.  Al

Cobbaton nr Codden Hill.

13072629_10156866824910717_8606620046189305823_oA 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.

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Durdle Door in Dorset.

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!