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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a watercolour of the farm where I stayed when painting in Norfolk last week; some lovely autumn skies.
There seems to be an autumnal theme in my current paintings. Maybe because we here in the UK have had a unusually warm and sunny summer, I’m driven to think of the beauty of the sudden cooler days and gradual changes of the leaves to vibrant russets, reds and oranges. Anyway, this scene is of the Welsh/Shropshire border near where my oldest and dear friend Mike lives. We went walking here in June.
I’m enjoying line and wash at the moment. I like doing scratchy trees so here’s a russet coloured autumn day of wind and showers. I do like the autumn.
Sometimes I like to use a bamboo and matchstick ‘pen’ with Indian ink to create a picture to be then painted with watercolour. A matchstick is much better than a commercially bought pen because if you sharpen it into a wedge you can get both fine and thick lines and you can add texture by shading.
Here’s a picture of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol UK using this method.
Here is a bamboo and matchstick drawing with watercolour of the rebuilt bridge at Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina. The original bridge was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the Bosnian war. The new bridge was opened in 2004. The picture was inspired by a recent trip made by a friend who posted pictures on Facebook. It is also closely modelled on a painting by my mentor John Hoar.