art, Exmoor, Malvern Hills, oils, Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

Two watercolours and an oil.

Two watercolour landscapes of Heather on Exmoor and Heavy cloud over Woodbury Common in East Devon. The oil is one my very favourite views of the Vale of Evesham looking over towards Bredon Hill and The Malverns. The joy of painting.

Heather on Exmoor
Heavy Cloud over Woodbury Common
Looking over the Vale of Evesham
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art, Devon, Exmoor, Line and wash, Snow Exmoor, watercolours

Watercolour inspiration

It has been wonderful to spend two days this week with the original source of my inspiration, John Hoar, the great watercolour painter. It’s been over two years because of the pandemic. Guess what? He’s still great and being guided by him is still a great pleasure. Here are four products from the two days.

A sunny snowy day
Inside St Peter’s Church, Satterleigh
Study in sepia
Devon smallholding
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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
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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 .

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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
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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
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