Here’s a watercolour of the Connemara mountains and an oil of the calm early morning light you can sometimes see over the Exe Estuary in Devon where I live.
I attended another brilliant Hester Berry workshop in Braunton (North Devon) recently where we painted a view of the Burrows. After being inspired by Hester I then painted a sunrise over the Exe Estuary in Topsham where I live (from one of many photos taken in the early morning . This one was from a photo taken last October).
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.
Now settled in new house I’m painting again and enjoying both acrylic and watercolour. Here are four recent paintings.
A selection of recent paintings
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.
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.
Here’s a couple of Exe Estuary efforts . I used gesso towards the bottom of each board to give an uneven surface with would produce texture in the foreground. I was using the recent beautiful paintings by Ray Balkwill as an inspiration. His are much much better than these efforts but I learned a lot for future reference.
A painting demonstration in acrylic. A typical scene on the river Exe at Topsham. So many wonderful sunsets.