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
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
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
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
A quick study of the Tarka Trail near Chivenor in North Devon England. Painted using my own sourced and prepared Bideford Black pigment. Loved the dark shadow and highlighted cow parsley on the left of the trail. Still trying to free up my paintwork. 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
Relaxing in the garden preparing some canvases & playing some Celtic blues on the old Martin. Thanks to Al Petteway for the guitar sheet music 😎