Here are two watercolours painted today of Exmoor scenes. One is of the little village of Molland and St Mary’s church on the southern foothills of Exmoor and the other, a big landscape 22 inch x 15 inch of Landacre which has a little bridge – just visible – over the river Barle, in the north of Somerset. Both were painted quickly, the Molland picture also with bamboo pen and ink.
Here are two fairly local scenes. (1) a remote Exmoor cottage called Badgercombe ( John Hoar) took us there on one of his wonderful painting courses (2) one of my very favourite views of the Clifton Suspension bridge over the Avon Gorge at Bristol. I never tire of this view and it brings to mind my beautiful son, his wife and their two beautiful children who used to live in Clifton.
Here is a simple picture of a house in the village of Overbury in Worcestershire (although it has a Gloucestershire post code). My son and his family have recently moved to a house just up the lane from this view. Here I’ve kept a simple composition to feature the view over to the distant Cotswold Hills. In reality, the house is more raw sienna coloured than white but as in all watercolour painting, white is essential to produce the bright transparent quality of this lovely yet difficult medium.