art, Devon, Exmoor, Line and wash, Snow Exmoor, watercolours

Watercolour inspiration

It has been wonderful to spend two days this week with the original source of my inspiration, John Hoar, the great watercolour painter. It’s been over two years because of the pandemic. Guess what? He’s still great and being guided by him is still a great pleasure. Here are four products from the two days.

A sunny snowy day
Inside St Peter’s Church, Satterleigh
Study in sepia
Devon smallholding
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art, Devon, Exmoor, Line and wash

Winter days

We’ve been lucky with weather here over the Christmas period; with terrible bush fires affecting my brother in Australia and flooding in parts of the UK, Devon has been largely ok albeit a bit grey and damp. Here’s a winter picture of a scene near Simonsbath up on Exmoor which I hope reflects one of the brighter days amidst the stillness of late December with its leafless trees and browns and russets.

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art, Connemara, Ireland, watercolours

Connemara 2019

Once again I had the privilege of spending five days at the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara painting under the kind tutelage of the best watercolorist in England today, John Hoar. These five are all paintings of scenes nearby. It’s an astonishingly beautiful part of the world and the hotel, with its friendly staff, magnificent restaurant, turf (peat for the uninitiated ) fires and Connemara single malt, is a wonderfully stress free zone.

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art, Connemara, Ireland, painting, watercolours

West of Ireland watercolour

I’m looking forward to another trip to Connemara on the west coast of Ireland in October for five days painting. Here’s a typical scene in watercolour with some bamboo and matchstick pen thrown in! I only used four colours to paint this; Payne’s grey, raw sienna, burnt umber and Winsor blue (red shade).

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