Roborough Hill.

I’ve finally mounted this Bideford Black painting of Roborough Hill in Barnstaple, North Devon 40 x 25″ on thick cartridge paper. Throughout the pandemic and various lockdowns I’ve found this area of Roborough to have been a great escape from all that mayhem. To look out over North Devon from this wonderful highpoint is a view to behold. I think this painting would be certainly a talking or focal point to any room! Al

Leaving the Boardwalk.

After spending a few hours finalising this image taken on my iPhone it’s perhaps time to start a large Bideford Black painting. I use adobe photoshop to crop, enhance and continually overlay images to achieve the composition I want to paint. I suppose it’s an alternative to those preparatory sketches I used to make.

Above left, Tarr Stepps on Exmoor and above right a tree walk around Wistlandpound Reservoir.

Over Buck’s Mills.

This acrylic painting is well under way. I’ve started by using an ultramarine acrylic spray graffiti can to create an almost uniform blue base colour. I’ve then gradually dry brushed layer after layer to create some 3D depth to the sky. I’m now using some watered down paint to blow in the sea, waves and foreground, then using my favourite Payne’s Grey I’ve accented some depth to the pebbles. I must say I like the vapor trail of the plane on it’s way out to sea. During the pandemic the amount of flights have dropped and this has been evident in our North Devon skies. To be continued …


New acrylic on 24 x 30″ canvas entitled BLACKCHURCH. This is of the famous Blackchurch Rock on Mouthmill Beach on the North Devon Coast. Below are the stepped progress photographs. A little annoying trying to capture the colours of this painting with my camera, but for once I’m very pleased with this composition.

This little Cove was recently portrayed in a film called The Guernsey Literary and Peel Pie Society which showed off much of our idyllic coastline. This cove is rather isolated and takes about thirty minutes to walk to from the hamlet of Brownsham on the Hartland Peninsula, it is here where the National Trust has a carpark. There is a lovely circular walk from the carpark and if you continue along the coast you finally reach the fishing village of Clovelly where you return back overland to the carpark. Below are a few of my photographs from the area showing the cottage used in the film.

Archie’s video display in Exeter.

We spent an enjoyable day walking around Exeter, having a meal at The Old Firehouse and watching my son Archie’s Video display in the shopping precinct Princesshay. My son is in his second year at Exeter College studying film, camera and moving image. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum has put on an external display showing off their wide range of displays and artefacts, this has been a commission for an artist and students of Exeter College. I’m quite impressed.

The Thistle Walk.

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!