Our Topsham Art Group summer exhibition opened on Saturday after an enjoyable preview evening the night before. I was flabbergasted to find that my watercolour of Connemara cottages won the Estuary Cup awarded to the work with greatest artistic merit. It was doubly pleasing that this year’s judge was David Norman who is a hugely respected professional watercolour painter. The painting, cup and citation are below .
There are so many stunning locations for painting landscapes in the Dales. Here’s two paintings of the same location (near Thwaite in Swaledale ) in winter and autumn . Particularly interesting in this landscape are the stone barns in so many of the fields. Both are watercolours and painted as freely as I could. The greens ( by the way) are that bright in the sun. I got the very bright green by mixing Winsor Yellow with a touch of Winsor Blue (red shade).
If you’ve never been to the west coast of Ireland, do! It’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I’ve had the great pleasure to stay for five days on the Renvyle Peninsular along the Wild Atlantic way; in the Renvyle House Hotel with John Hoar and 20 or so other artists. Here is a selection of paintings from the first few days. They are of the coastline around here, the little nearby village of Tully Cross with its church , Renvyle House itself with its palm trees and lovely grounds; and some rhododendrons (picked from the hedgerows) and chrysanthemums.