To The Blue Ball Inn.


Back to using my Bideford Black pigment on Bockingford paper 700 x 340mm.  This time is a picture inspired from a circular walk from Watersmeet to the Blue Ball Inn at the top of Countisbury Hill.  Then onto Lynmouth and back up to where we started our walk.
The Blue Ball Inn was so called because in the late 18th century it was used as a coaching stop.  A blue ball used to be raised on a pole to notify the coachmen that someone was in need of passage.  It has a history of haunting and highwaymen!

Braunton Burrows.

IMG_0448Another Bideford Black painting 610 x 350mm on Bockingford paper.  This was from an idea by Adrian Beasley Imaging who suggested copying one of his landscape photographs for an upcoming joint exhibition at a local venue.  We are both exhibiting black & white landscapes and a comparisonal piece will be interesting.  Just a few minor adjustments in the cold light of day but this is it.  See you on North Devon Art Trek.  Al

IMG_0440The original AB photographic image above and my afternoon’s work beneath.  I’ve taped the outside so that when removed it gives a kind of photographic edge to my painting. Al

The Haunted House.

IMG_0105 (2)Last Bideford Black painting for a while.  This is of the famous Seafield House at Westward Ho in North Devon.  Always love looking at this building with its decay and mystery.  Recently a local businessman has purchased this so it will be interesting to see what happens.  If you are interested here is a video tour of the inside of this building

Along the boardwalk to the beach.

img_1649Another painting in Bideford Black paint with some added sgraffito, picture size 610 x 440mm on Bockingford paper.  This was painted after a visit to Crow Point in North Devon.  After driving along a toll road you park and walk along this boardwalk to the point where you usually get the beach to yourself.  This beach gives you wonderful views of Instow, Appledore and Westward Ho due to its position at the entrance to both Torridge and Taw Estuaries.  Spend many happy times here building driftwood fires and watching the sunsets.  Al


Linhay on the marsh.



Linhay on the marsh, painted on 250lb Bockingford paper, 700 x 440mm.  For my black and white paintings I use my own prepared Bideford Black paint from a local pigment seam and have painted on of my favourite scenes from the Braunton Marsh.  Sadly the marsh is under ecological danger from encroaching salt water due to a breached tidal bank.  Hopefully this will be repaired before irreparable damage occurs.  Al

Above are the earlier stages with the use of masking fluid to keep areas clear of the layers of paint prior to finishing.  The photograph of me working is by Adrian Beasley, check out his landscape photography online.  Below is an earlier painting of this Linhay.


Rising Tide At Fremington Quay.


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.