Road to Bishops Tawton.

IMG_5053 copyAnother painting inspired from a trip to the back and beyond of Bishops Tawton nr Barnstaple, North Devon.  Just love that stark winter light and reflections in the puddles on the roadside.  Experimenting with a muted palette here consisting of Paynes Grey, Coeruleum Blue, Yellow Green, Raw Umber, Titanium White, Flesh Tint & Raw Sienna.  Just can’t wait for that spring warmth and sunshine to arrive.  Mixed media of acrylic and pencil on gesso board 610 x 610mm. AL

Backroad to Bishops Tawton.

IMG_5033 copyWent to collect a shoe rack from a couple in the back and beyonds of Bishops Tawton nr Barnstaple.  After getting rather lost on a few detours I found them and collected said shoe rack.  On the way back to the main road I had to stop the car and take a few photographs of weird and wonderful trees.  This one with it’s water swamped road caught my attention.  Love the skies reflection and decided to make the tree somewhat cephelopodic in shape.  Acrylic & pencil on gesso panel 610 x 610mm.  More trees to come.  Al

Bye Hill.

Publication1Another mixed media painting from a wonderful part of Somerset This part of Exmoor is just coming down hill into Winsford.  Image size 510mm x 310mm.  Pencil, pastel and acrylic on handmade paper.  For once this is a painting that I actually like.  I know this makes no sense but usually I look at the final thing and there’s always something that could’ve done better or simpler.  Sadly the subtle blues in the tree’s canopy and ground details become lost in a photograph but at least I feel that I’m heading in the right direction with my work.  Al

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The Burton Gallery in Bideford

Very pleased to have a painting accepted by the Burton Gallery for this year’s Christmas exhibition.  It is of my mixed media painting Gateway To Manning’s Pit.  Please visit the website on facebook Friends Of Manning’s Pit who are trying to save a wonderful area of our English countryside from a planning application to build affordable housing.  The very thought of this going through upsets me greatly.  Al

Bye Hill near Winsford

Bye Hill copyA picture painted from a walk made earlier this year.  Bye Hill on Exmoor in Somerset, England.  300mm x 300mm mixed media on paper.  A wonderful walk and the pub in the village called The Royal Oak is fantastic.  Al

PS Please check out my other site, Why Not Walk for an article about a circular walk around Winsford and the Exmoor National Park.  Photos and walking guide!

Cow Parsley at Watermouth.

IMG_3315After a visit to Watermouth Cove in North Devon this painting became.  Mixed media of acrylic, watercolour pencil, pastel & pen.  Along one of the shady walkways I came across a clump of cowparsley and took a quick pic on my iPhone.  Love this plant it always reminds me of spring and the smell after the rain is just wonderful.

Silent Noon by Christina Rossetti
Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, –
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
‘Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
‘Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: –
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.

Al.

Storm Clouds With Rainbow.

IMG_1783Quite a large composition for me (830mm x 60mm) mixed media entitled Storm With Rainbow.  Quite a few overlapping glazes and tones creates a look that I’m seeking.  Pity the camera loses the details and colour.  On the whole I quite like the direction my paintings are going in.  Al