Friday, December 09, 2022

Autumn at Oakfrith Wood Urchfont

Monday, February 01, 2021

A late spring painting of a lone tree, fresh  in leaf providing shade for  the cows.  
Etchilhampton Hill and the Vale of Pewsey Hills are in the background. 

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Spring under lockdown, a totally new experience.

Painting the Hawthorne blossom along the escarpment road on Salisbury Plain

Last year the Hawthorn blossoms were exceptional. Every spring is so busy I am always rushing past them but  last year I vowed I'd take a week off to paint some. Little did I know what was around the corner with total lockdown when one couldn't do more than a short 1 hour exercise and not drive to any location. Still the lockdown came to an end before the blossoms had faded and I managed to  I managed to  do some, and and also painted in the garden.

Painted from Salisbury Plain, facing west, a view of Roundway hill, the scene of a civil wall battle, can be glimpsed  between the bushes. 

Facing North, over the vale of Pewsey

View from the Easel

Cow drinking in shade under s tree between Little and Great Cheverell

Cherry Blossom in the garden next door to mine

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Painting the Autumn Beech Trees, at Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire.

The four great Beech Trees at Avebury, also sometimes referred to as "Tolkien’s Trees”. There is a photograph of him sitting under them and he reputedly used to sit on the roots finding inspiration for his stories."

This was a week later Larger Format, many of the leaves had fallen

A windy day, painted atop the earthwork ridge looking North.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Vale of Pewsey

View from Etchilhampton hill into the Vale of Pewsey on a hot September day.

Oak tree in a quiet farm lane, trying to capture the dappled light and shade in the trees

Pembrokshire in August

PembrokshireWest Wales

Painted, late afternoon, whilst my family went for a walk within the span of about an hour. 
My plan is to return and do a series to capture the change of light and the weather, over a few hours.

Freshwater West

A view of Newgale Sands on a  cloudy afternoon.

The rocky beach at Freshwater West


CLOUDS on Salisbury Plain

Clouds can be a lovely subject but a challenge. because they change so quickly, second by second, so one has to work at lightning speed and somehow arrive at composition at the end.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Flowering rapeseed fields in Wiltshire

I enjoyed painting this on a glorious sunny morning in May, the huge fields of flowering rapeseed crop near Chirton and Marden in Wiltshire.  Trying to capture the sense of scudding clouds casting shadows on a breezy day.
I used 'artistic license to compress the landscape considerably and encompass the ploughed red earth area on the left.

(oil on gesso plywood panel 10" x 24") Unusually wide format

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Evening Hawthorne

The Hawthorne have been so splendid this year.  I managed to escape from the stained glass studio and find some time to paint a tree in a quiet rural cul-de-sac near the canal at All Cannings Village in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire.  
It definitely  needs more may-blossom, shall try to  continue with it or start a larger study but this is the first spontaneous splash of paint

The medium is oil on primed board. Size 12" x 10"

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A quick watercolour sketch from a bird-hide on the Somerset Levels - that hill is Glastonbury Tor in the distance.