A painting of a wave made in the beautiful weather we’re having at the moment. I decided to produce a timed study to try and loosen up my work. Hassled by horseflies and heat I came up with a partially successful composition. Sadly I decided to make a few adjustments a few days later and managed to lose the spontaneity and freshness. It was discarded, the canvas broken and thrown away. You win some you lose some and you learn! It’s all part of the stressful and creative process that people don’t consider when they purchase your work. Al
A Sunday spent on Woolacombe Beach and as the sky changed colour the humidity seemed to rise and there became a closeness. As the sky became dark the sunlight shone through the waves and illuminated them from within. Taken on my pocket camera and later finished in the studio. Acrylic on watercolour paper 470 x 620mm.
A quick acrylic sketch for a Sunday hangover. Painted from an old picture of my twins, Archie & Amelia, at Woolacombe, one of our fantastic local beaches here in North Devon, England. Painted onto a canvas board 300mm x 250mm.
A wonderful walk from Saunton Beach to Croyde Bay and back. Weather clouds allowed us the sunshine of the morning and the rain fell on far off Westward Ho. From the top of Saunton Hill you could see for miles of beautiful North Devon Coastline and beaches. Then high tea at Saunton Sands Hotel over looking the wonderful stretch of beach. More inspiration for paintings….AL
Acrylic painting using glazing medium (540mm x 360mm). I quite like how the medium works with the paint and makes it easier and more manageable to work with. The finished composition has a lot more depth paint wise and the glaze deepens the colour. Al
Quick Procreate sketch of late sunshine on Saunton Beach in North Devon. Drawn onto an iPad with a soft pen, but is it really art? Al
Finished Pastel sketch ready for a mount. I find it quite hard to finish a composition and still leave it with a sense of freshness and spontaneity. This is of a rather beautiful walk along Putsborough Beach after the tide has fallen leaving wonderful reflections of the sky on the wet sand. Al
A rather cold Sunday walk along the beach this afternoon with my wife and twins. Trying to gain some inspiration for a large multimedia picture. The beaches around North Devon are just wonderful and I’ve been looking toward painting a large composition of a beach with a big dramatic sky. The colours were really punchy today with the full winter sunlight so hopefully I’ve managed to get some photographic reference down. This photograph was taken on Putsborough Beach looking towards a sunny Woolacombe in the distance. We’re very lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the country.
Mixed media painting using acrylic, watercolour & pastel (530mm x 370mm).
A wonderfully exposed beach and dune area where the rivers Taw & Torridge meet in North Devon. Usually quiet and not too crowded. It’s also a nature reserve and training area for the Royal Marines. It is slowly being eroded by the elements along with its ship wrecks. Please see my The Sea Mack at Crow Point pen and ink drawing. The picture on the left is the home of it’s new owner a perfect setting I think.