Over Buck’s Mills.

This acrylic painting is now completed 24 x 30″. I started this composition by using an ultramarine acrylic spray 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.

May the wall rise up to greet you,
May the wall rise up and lift you,
Let the water elevate and heal you,
To face another day.
Dark waves will always push us back
We dive, evade, get blown off track,
Bless the water that finally heals you,
To face another day
Bless the water that finally heals you
To grace another day.



Bucks Mills.

To get off my usual way of working today I’ve decided to be a little more spontaneous and place a time limit on my work. This is the result an acrylic on gesso panel of Bucks Mills in North Devon at almost low tide. What a great morning spent there in the Spring sunshine watching the surfers off The Gore. I remember at the Bideford School of Art one of my teachers called Jimmy or James Patterson painted a wonderful watercolour of Bucks Mills now at the Burton Gallery in Bideford. Must go back and do some plein air! Below is a pen and ink of mine of Bucks with a nod to Jimmy. Al

Bucks Mills.

A wonderful visit to Bucks Mills with my wife on a beautiful February morning. The surfers were making the most of the surf break off The Gore, a pebble ridge that leads out to sea. We could see Clovelly in the distance with the winter mist sliding down off the cliffs and after a brief chat with a local lady we discovered a lonely seal surfacing from time to time. I would love to have use of the Artist’s Cabin someday to use as a base to paint pictures here.

The Artist’s House at Bucks Mills.

19059918_1503295199721208_2174098914467924995_nI would love to spend a few days here painting and drawing the North Devon coast at Bucks Mills.  I used to surf here on Christmas Day and have many happy memories of summer days here.  This is a pen and ink drawing it did a few years ago with a nod towards an old art teacher of mine at Bideford Art College/North Devon College called Jimmy Paterson ARCA.  He painted this very scene and I’ve seen it displayed at the Burton Gallery in Bideford.  Al

Midday At Bucks Mills.

18813637_1494718907245504_9195562976165650723_nBack to a little Pen & ink just to change the tempo for awhile. ¬†Midday at Bucks Mills a picturesque village on the North Devon coast in England. ¬†This leads down to a stoney beach where in bygone time there used to be a small harbour and limekilns. ¬†With a little licence i’ve added a few cow parsley plants to liven things up. ¬†The cabin in the middle of the picture is owned by the National Trust and used to be an artist’s retreat. ¬†Still used today although not as a residence.

I dedicate this picture to the memory of an old art teacher of mine, ‘James Paterson A.R.C.A. 1916 – 1986. ¬†Know to us as Jimmy’ ¬†who painted some wonderful watercolours of this village and the surrounding area

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Bucks Mills.

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