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
art, Connemara, Devon, Exmoor, Ireland, Norfolk

Lockdown paintings

Like us all I’ve been spending most of my time indoors with just the occasional shop and regular daily exercise. All this has meant quite a lot of painting, ranging from John Hoar DVDs (I was due to go on one of his courses so substituted DVDs instead), my Connemara and Norfolk sketchbooks. Here’s a selection of them.

Meeting Street Appledore Devon
Renvyle Connemara
Blakeney Norfolk
Morston Church Norfolk
The Mweelrea Mountains Connemara
Exmoor Devon
art, Devon, Exmoor, watercolours

Heavy cloud over Exmoor

This is a very loose painting where I had enormous fun with water flowing in great puddles over the sky area. I took my lead from a John Hoar painting and in his words, ‘took the courage in my hands and sploshed away. It was great fun and I was happy with the results .

art, flowers, Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

Giving an impression

I suppose as I improve as a painter that I get better at giving an impression of a subject whether it be a landscape, towns spec or flowers. Here is a quick painting of some flowers, which I did as a demo recently. I wasn’t interested in botanical accuracy but rather I was interested in conveying the ‘bunchiness’ of flowers.

The second painting is looking down Priest Lane towards the Abbey in Pershore, Worcestershire. I chose Sepia to convey the tones which adds, I hope, to a believable composition.

Spring flowers
Pershore Abbey
art, Connemara, Devon, Exmoor

Water, fishing boats and sunrise

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.

Fishing boats at Appledore
Sunrise over Derryinver. Wild Atlantic Way
art, autumn, Connemara, Ireland

Looking across the Renvyle peninsular

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.

art, autumn, Connemara, Devon, Ireland

Two watercolours

Here are two recent paintings. They are, a study of three trees and an attempt at capturing one of the October sunrises at Renvyle in Connemara where I recently spent a week. Very difficult to capture in watercolour but I’m reasonably happy with this.