Thursday, 13 August 2020


No guesses as to the inspiration for this weeks painting - you only have to look at the current Header

- but for those who miss this blogpost and read it in the future when the Header has's the inspiration

Oil on canvas board
16" x 12" 

I titled it "Further To Fly" because it felt like you could take off and keep going.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

A sunny day for painting

Yesterday was a perfect Summer day for plein air painting.  Taking the opportunity, since the forecasters reckon it will rain later this week, I decided to go back to Arlington Court.   I love my Volunteering, what a great way of being there for visitors, we chat, laugh and I get the chance to inform them about Arlington. It's a Win Win for everyone.  Plus the painting went well (between talking) and I still have it In-progress for the next visit.   Fingers crossed the weather will be good on that occasion, I need the light right.

If you click the picture above, there's a short video clip 🎥 ⤴︎

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Plein Air at Arlington

It's so nice to be back at Arlington Court doing some plein air painting.

There aren't as many visitors at the moment (the beer virus has changed a lot of things!)

Plus I'm corralled with my own invention of posts/tape to keep the social distancing issue clearly defined - I feel a bit like a zoo exhibit (shush now)

This painting is still a work-in-progress
and if you click the pic ↑ I've done a short video-clip  🎥
- heck you even get to see me briefly -

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

A walk on Holdstone Down

We had intended to drive down to Hunter's Inn the other day, 
but when we got as far as Trentishoe
we were faced with 
a sign to say Road Closed

Thinking 'outside the box' we turned at the junction on the left and followed the road up there, intending to outwit the system and turn right at the top of the hill, then make our way back down to Hunter's Inn.....but no, there was Another sign to say Road Closed.  Seemed like they didn't want anyone visiting Hunter's Inn, so we opted to stop at

Holdstone Down instead.

Nobody else about when we arrived, and being able to park easily in this pull-in and walk up the hill to the Triangulation Station at the top - well worth the walk for the view

and William had a good time too.

I took a short video of the 360° view
~ click the picture below to see ~ 

Monday, 20 July 2020

When the inspiration is there....I go for it

It's like a little bell rings and says "Time to paint that scene"

Easy to ignore, but also so very easy to follow that bell



Here again, I have been inspired by the Chateau Diaries and couldn't resist 

this painting of

The jardinier en chef at Chateau De Lalande

Title: Elegant Simplicities

- Oil painting 10" x 8"  (25x20cm) - 

(if you click the image, I've done a little glimpse at the painting when it was on the easel)


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Inspiration strikes again

My painting inspiration comes from many corners and this is from France, namely 
Chateau De Lalande
@chateau_lalande link
Oil painting30x30cm

If anyone is after something different to watch on tv, then try this

🎨 🎨 🎨

(my painting was from ref. photo permission S Duin)

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Throwback look

Throwback look at the oil painting done en plein air at 
~"The Lily-pond" ~ 
Hope to get back there one day to continue my Artist-in-Residence role.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Ideas a plenty

I'm working on a few painting ideas and whilst they run madly around my head,
and before I forget them in the crowd,
I'm making a note of them here so I can come back to them and eventually see if they will work.

One is from 'part' of the porch project (you can see about that in this blogpost)

A close-up of that painting highlighted an area that could well work in its own right

Now it's just a case of deciding how large I paint it,
and should I use a canvas or art board.  
I'm tempted to paint it LARGE with lots of juicy buttery Oil paint.

In the meantime, I'll go back to thinking and you'll be sure to hear about it again here.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Oh Deer!

The other day we had a lovely walk over at Heddons Mouth.

We park near Hunter's Inn and, if you look at the image below, we walk along that small path

That takes the route towards the sea, but we turned off part way along and stayed in the woodland, eventually making our way back to the road, coming back out here

 Throughout our walk we didn't see any wildlife, we know there are deer in the woods,
but not today, they were obviously social distancing!

I have to say we were delighted to have spotted
 this little sole
watching us in the field next to the lane

I'll zoom in...

and it watched us for a few minutes before making off, hopefully back to its family.

(If you click on the above image you will see how it watched us and then made off).


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