In these dismal and often depressing times of dark nights, cold weather and Covid a thought of warm summer beaches wouldn’t go amiss in anyone’s dreams. This is an old acrylic from the past of my twins Archie & Amelia building sandcastles on Woolacombe Beach on a hot summer’s day. A treasured composition in my personal collection.
The Thistle Walk an acrylic 900 x 600mm inspired by a walk along the path which tops the inner Bank leading to Crow Point. On this particular occasion the path was flanked with wild looking thistles. The outer bank which used to protect a piece of land called Horsey Island has now breached and the once green space now looks like the Somme! It is too late for the wildlife there and now the salt water is beginning to change the ecosystem on the inner marsh. Some argue Horsey Island was reclaimed from the Estuary for farming and now has been reclaimed by the natural elements!
Acrylic on 48 x 20″ panel.
This painting is inspired by a walk around the Lizard Peninsula from Church Cove around the Lizard to Kynance. It was quite an overcast day and when I arrived at Kynance Cove I walked along the quiet beach admiring the wonderful view. Immediately a massive rainstorm approached and I took cover from the rain in one of the caves there. When the storm had passed over out came the sunshine and the beach was illuminated with an earie neon light. Looking out along the coast this storm had already engulfed The Lizard in it’s dark focused cloud. Oddly it looked somewhat like an atomic bomb explosion, I was taken by how the white of the water’s edge looked against the dark foreboding background. This image was originally taken on my mobile phone, and now an acrylic on 900 x 600mm canvas.
A painting entitled In a place called Douma, 500 x 350mm acrylic on paper. Painted from an image from the Free Syria Media Hub on Twitter. The title of the picture post was “Real Rivers of blood do flow deep and fast in a place called Douma”. I would photo credit this but sadly couldn’t read the lettering.
Ghosts from photographs past
Remind us of times that couldn’t last
They’re reflections of our golden years
Our hopes, aspirations and growing fears
Just an experiment with colour and shapes, an acrylic painting on gesso panel 440 x 560mm A loose painting inspired by a wonderful photo by Liam Alford Photography on Instagram. This image is of Lands End in Cornwall, I particularly like the stone cold and neon cheap light in this picture typical of cloudy coastal scenes at this time of year. Oh I also have a little art assistant to! Stanley Brown our new Tabby!
A small acrylic on panel of a section of the South West Coast Path between Heddon’s Mouth and Lee Abbey, 370 x 610mm acrylic on panel. You can see the dot of the Abbey in the distance of this painting in the sunshine. I’ve tried to portray the cool shadows against the warm Spring sunshine and am trying to simplify my brushwork somewhat. We’re looking forward to visiting Hunter’s Inn again when it opens for a few drinks. Al
I don’t usually paint or draw portraits of pets, let alone do commission work, but here is one of a friend’s Staffordshire Terrier in memorial. This has been completed using Pen and Ink, pencil and Uni-ball Pens. Below is an acrylic of another friend’s Jack Russell painted some years ago.
Acrylic on unstretched canvas 380 x 480mm. A painting inspired by a lockdown walk last week. Quite cloudy although a lot of sunshine to be had. I especially liked the play of shadows on the dunes.
A painting, acrylic on 1000 x 700mm canvas, inspired from a walk along the North Coast of Cornwall near Worwenstow, part of the Southwest Coast Path. Very difficult to get the right colours under house lighting and the overall image is much softer, with that said it is now finished. Morwenstow is certainly worth a visit and post covid will have a rather quaint tearoom to relax there too, it was recently featured in the latest series of Cornwall by Rick Stein.