I needed to get back to painting watercolours. Here are two recent Spring flower paintings plus the Connemara coast and a view over the village of Chittlehampton in North Devon.
This is Ferry Road in Topsham. I walk along here almost every day. Drawn in ink with a bamboo/matchstick (taught to me by John Hoar) and painted in watercolour.
Here are two watercolours painted this week. One is of fishing boats at Appledore in North Devon. The other is a sunrise over the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. Two places that I love.
Three more paintings of the Exmoor area including the churches of George Nympton and Molland. These two were completed in line (bamboo and matchstick pen) and watercolour.
I had a great two days last week in North Devon with John Hoar . We did a variety of subjects most of them local. We also did a mix of pure watercolour, line and wash as well as sepia studies for tonal practice. Here are some of the results.
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.
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).
Here we have two recent watercolours painted with the great John Hoar. The west of Ireland (edge of the world) and a snowy North Devon. These were painted fast and free.
Another watercolour from my trip last month to North Norfolk. This is the windmill at Cley-next-the- Sea-now provides B and B.
I’ve sold a few of these lately so I couldn’t resist painting another just to keep me company .