Just playing around with Adobe on my laptop. I find this quite a good way to play with composition and colour selection. Either presketch or Adobe, after all they’re all tools available to the artist. It’s also a lot of fun and for me doesn’t take very long at all! Al
A photo shopped image of my making from an photograph I took back in April 2019 on Challacombe Common on Exmoor. I love these menhir and shall perhaps be casting my eye to the stones of Dartmoor. Perhaps a large acrylic painting in the near future. Background sky credited to Tom Gainor @its_tgain. Al
Topographic Exmoor. My nod to the brilliant, and for me quite inspirational, illustrator Roger Dean. Loved his album covers during my art school days in the 70s and have followed him ever since. There was a moment in the early 90s when my wife and I were staying in San Francisco, we were to go and see an exhibition by Ronnie Wood. Once there the gallery owner recognised that we were English and mentioned that Roger Dean would be exhibiting the following week, did I know about him? Next I found myself up in his office and there were all of the famous Dean images propped up against the walls. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing they were much larger than I imagined, a little like discovering the Holy Grail. A private viewing to be sure! Al
A mysterious place is The High Moor. These images have been photoshopped after a visit to the Chapman Longstone above Challacombe Exmoor, Somerset.
The Chapman Longstone is the tallest prehistoric standing stone on Exmoor. The landscape around the Longstone contains extensive archaeological remains dating from the Neolithic (5000 years ago) until recent times. Aside from the Longstone, the Chapman Barrows, a linear barrow cemetery, demonstrates the significance this landscape had for Exmoor’s Bronze Age people. A group of standing stones known as the quincunx, due to its arrangement of five stones, is also found within this area. Nearby a long enclosure, possibly dating to the Neolithic period, suggests the importance of this area even before the first Bronze Age barrow builders. Occupation of a farmstead at Radworthy, on the Challacombe side of the Chapman Barrows may have begun before the Norman Conquest and continued into the post-medieval period.
Paracombe Village Longstone Landscape website.
On the left the famous West Anstey Longstone and right the Chapman Longstone with the Longstone Barrow on the horizon. This longstone or menhir marks the source of the River Bray.