art, Croyde North Devon, Devon, oil, oils

Croyde North Devon (oil)

I had a wonderful week staying in Croyde with my five gorgeous grandchildren. On the day that wasn’t sunny we all walked to Baggy Point. This is a view looking back towards Croyde from the coastal path leading to Baggy Point.

Looking towards Croyde on the way to Baggy Point
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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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art, Ireland, Rye, watercolours, windmill

Two fast watercolours

Here are two quickly painted scenes- by quickly I mean as bold as I can, first wash quickly and confidently applied. Two very different days; a broody, cloudy, showery and windy day for the Windmill at Rye, East Sussex and a bright, clear day with the odd threat of a shower at St John’s Point, Donegal.,

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