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.
I have been attending several Hester Berry demonstrations online run by the Pheonix Studio in Oxfordshire. I love her work and both these paintings are inspired by Hester’s work. I am lucky to be attending a full day’s workshop with her, here in Topsham, next week.
I have never painted in oils but my wife, Karen, bought me some water soluble oils for Christmas and I love them. Here’s my first effort. Lots to learn about how they work but excited about their potential.
Moving house recently has got in the way of painting but here are some watercolours painted over the last couple of months .
This is the iconic Bridge Inn, Topsham in moody sepia. The Bridge is popular with good beer lovers and has been run by the same family for over one hundred years. It’s also the only pub in England that has had an official visit from the Queen! Sepia is a good medium in watercolour to concentrate on tone- they key to any painting.
With the rain chucking it down and the wind blowing a hooley, the only thing to do was paint some pretty flowers in our kitchen.
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.
Here’s a￼ quickly painted snow scene inspired by my teacher John Hoar to wish all friends on here a very happy Christmas.
It’s years since I painted this iconic view of Wixels and the estuary from the church steps in Topsham where I live. This was done fairly freely and loosely for a friend/colleague.
Many times I’ve looked at this view from the position of the Renvyle House Hotel with the castle ruin and the sea in the far distance. I’ve attempted to get a bid of moodiness in here using a very limited colour palette.