Hercules over Saunton Sands.

IMG_1868Whilst walking around Croyde and Saunton searching for a little artistic inspiration I noticed fire tenders from RAF Chivenor on Saunton Beach.  On enquiry I discovered that a Hercules C130J was going to practise take off and landings.  After a few cups of tea and then venturing down the beach I witnessed the wonderful spectacle of a Hercules undergoing Tactical Operations.  From my photographs taken that evening I’ve painted this acrylic on canvas impression.  Canvas size 36  x 36″.  Al

Below are a few paint palette abstracts used during the painting of this image.

The hill above Saunton.

img_1674An experiment in acrylic painting techniques that I’ve discovered on Youtube.  The use of paper dabbing, ragging, sgraffito and sandpaper, I’ve even used a surgical scalpel.  The aim is to created many transparent layers to great depth and texture.  This image is a view from the top of Saunton Hill looking out over Saunton Sands and on to the distant Westward Ho.  You get that wonderful glow of cadmium yellow Gorse flowers during the year which is always a striking scene.  This painting is a mixed media using acrylic, wax and watercolour pencils.  The surface is an MDF panel measuring 400 x 400mm covered in a coarse gesso brushwork.  It’s been a fun day.  Al

Hercules C130J over Saunton Sands.

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Hercules C130J over Saunton Sands.

On a walk around the North Devon Coast we spotted some fire trucks from Chivenor Air Base on the beach at Saunton.  We knew that they practice landings and take offs from the beach and on enquiry our suspicions were realised.  A Hercules C130J from Brize Norton practiced landings and in total made three landings and two aborts.  A great day as the beach was very quiet.  From some of my photographs I’ve made composite photoshopped images and I will be using them for some future large canvas paintings & prints.  Al