Monday, December 06, 2010

December, Hungerford, Berkshire

An unusual one for me. With 40 mins to wait for my neice, I thought I'd try a very quick 'town painting'. Got it all sketched out but really froze as there was snow about - I finished it back home - it seems to have too much detail. Never done cars before, interesting, they are full of reflections.
Very soon after I started painting a man arrived to enter the house right where I had set up the easel. "I have a watercolour painted with GIN inside" he told me, and explained that Edward Adrian Wilson had joined Robert Scott's team for the Antartic as 'expedition artist'. Apparently Wilson had used Navy forces gin (I thought they drank rum) to paint watercolours because water would have frozen!! Makes good sense, and very resourceful.
(About Wilson ..... )

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Late afternoon Lavington Hill

Did this in September. A strange sun glowing through the veil of clouds. Oil sketch. 12 x  1cm approx.

Thursday, November 04, 2010


The poplars again, always looking splendid in Autumn. Painted this on a bigger format than my usual, Good to work larger and it didn't take much longer.  Could be finished  a little more to define the receding trees .....
Was just thinking,  it interesting how ones work changes over time ..... 
Other views
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Oil on canvas 24" x 18

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


An Oak Tree in the Vale of Pewsey. You can see one of Wiltshire's White Horses on the hill left of the tree.
The embankment of the main railway line from Paddington through to Westbury, cuts across the landscape and every now and then a blue coloured express passes by, but too swiftly to  try to paint in. On te RH is  the clump of trees on Wooborough hill, a familiar landmark in the area.
NB Just went to see this tree  again with a view to painting it again, almost a year later - I was a bit shocked to see that they were bulldozing a large shallow depression  next to it, so a big pile of mud and bare earth looking a bit messy.  Hope they know what they are doing. Possibly they are making a lake,

Roundway Hills, Devizes

View of Roundway Hill above Devizes, Where the Battle of Roundway took place in the Civil War.
A very recognisable landmark from all directions. The wide open aspect of this hill and colour somehow remind me of Africa particularly when nearer to it. The clouds were changing light patterns  by the minute so it was a challenge to paint and set the light/shadow areas.


The house between the  'Poplar Trees'    The house between the 'Poplar Trees'. This small house is dwarfed by these trees, painted from the field space between them. There are trees behind me as well so it is well protected from the wind, although nothing but grass is growing there now. Maybe they had crops at one time but not in the last 10 years.

And some Bach ....

a'Beckett's Vinyard

'unfinished' sketches - a'Becketts Vinyard 
Not many villages  in the UK can boast of a local vinyard. This one it about 10 years old, and produces some fine wines.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Roundway from Urchfont hill 2

Roundway from Urchfont hill 2, originally uploaded by Andrew Taylor1.

 View from the very edge of Salisbury Plain over towards Devizes which lies at the base of the far hill. Two deer walked quiet close to me (within 50 yds) before seeing me, freezing still for a moment and staring as if in disbelief, then bounding off in a flash.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nr Wrexham, North Wales


Morning painting. Looking West from Gresford, Wrexham, North Wales.
I was up there  to hear Nigel Kennedy playing at the Llandudno Festival.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

View from the Malvern Hills

View from the Malvern Hills, early spring morning.

Roundway Hills, Devizes

View of Roundway Hill. Painted in about 15mins as rain was approaching. Got soaked just beforre reaching the car.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A warm evening at last

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Westbury from White Horse Hill

WESTBURY TOWARDS BRADFORD, From White Horse Hill. Spent longer than usual on this this morning. Just over 2 hours, Initially there were just those distant clouds. More clouds rolled in and covered most of the sky - shadows kept changing dramatically over the landscape.
I added the near clouds at the end The main quality of the view was the gradating sky so I thought that's a mistake, but now it seems to work and gives a 3D effect, leading one into the painting.

Monday, February 22, 2010

ERLESTOKE Sun catching the field, light snow on the slope in the distance. For once it was a cloudless day and I tried to capture the light in the middle ground, with the far hill casting it's shadow on the snowy slopes. Unfortunately I was standing in shade to paint this, got very chilly - temp about -2deg!

Oil on panel 30cm x 24cm approx

Sunday, February 21, 2010

View from Longleat towards Frome.
That blue sky disappeared about a minute or two minute after I started painting.

J.S. BACH Cantata
Open another tab of this blog then CLICK ON THIS J.S. BACH Cantata and listen to some great music whilst viewing the paintings.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Autumn Poplar trees at Blackdog Crossroads.
Another chance to paint these lovely trees which I enjoy seeing all year round as they change with the seasons.
Here is a painting of them I did 3 years ago, a wider view.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blackfriars Bridge, London

View of St Pauls, Blackfriars Bridge and the City of London.
It was a disgusting rainy day, a fine drizzle and very cold, uniform dull light and so grey. Not inspiring.  Also trying to come to grips with a compex cityscape and the angle of zoom/perspective - far too close in here I feel.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Very heavy snowfall and freeze this year.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

AUTUMN COPPER BEECH at Little Cheverall Church,