art, Croyde North Devon, Devon, oils, watercolours

The Croyde series

Had a lovely week on the beautiful North Devon coast recently with the grandchildren. Croyde is renowned as a great place for surfers and the Ruda holiday park has everything for a childhood holiday. It’s also a great area for the artist. I have a whole series planned. Here are the first two- a watercolour and an oil.

The cottage on the corner, Croyde
The Dunes, Croyde
The studio
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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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Acrylics, art, Connemara

Acrylic, West of Ireland

I enjoyed painting this landscape in acrylic. It makes an enjoyable change from the more strategic method of watercolour, where everything has to be right first time to keep the medium’s freshness. I try to paint in acrylic in a similar way but if I do make a mistake it’s easier to correct without ruining the whole picture. Also, as I love colour, acrylic is so vibrant.

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art, autumn, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Overy Staithes, Line and wash, Norfolk, painting, watercolours

Painting in Norfolk

Famous the world over for its light and huge variety of painterly subjects, I’ve spent two days mainly plein air painting in North Norfolk with John Hoar around Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe. Here are the (mixed) results. It’s an inspiring place to paint.

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