The Gamekeeper's Cottage
A small cottage near the village of Stanton in the heart of the Cotswolds in England. Slightly ramshackled and not too pretty, a working man's abode. I loved the rich Spring like greens against the honey coloured stone in this painting and applied the paint in a thick buttery state.
I stole a few days away on the Isle de Re on the west coast of France this past weekend. The whole island has this thing about Hollyhocks, you see them down almost every street and lane! Very pretty!
This painting is of Flotte harbour one of the prettiest villages on the island...
This is the old Grade 2 listed barn on Keith's farm back in England, a lovely building and when the sun is low in the late afternoon you get this beautiful light effect from the inside.
A larger watercolour painting 12 x 9 inches
Inside the Old Barn
WATERCOLOUR, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD
An old orchard I know and love back home, it's littered with old cars and various bits of retired machinery; cement mixer, cars, horse box etc and in the middle is a wonderfully rusty tin shed! I've painted it many times and never tire of it, this time I've focussed on the scrapped blue mini van under the old apple tree.
The Blue Mini
Oil, 5.5 x 7.5 inches. SOLD
A little tranquility and calm in the posts at the moment...a shed today which I found in the Vale of Evesham an area well known for vegetable growing, market gardening and less well know as the place where I was born! But not in this shed!
A Quiet Place
Another water/pond painting, I'm always drawn to this subject no idea why, but the painting almost makes itself, must be some connection there...no reason to get 'deep' about it though!
Each morning and evening the local farmer walks his five beautiful Limousin cattle to the fields and back again along this track, they pass my house (in the distance, far right) with a slow gentle swagger as though they havnn't a care in the world...I guess they havn't.
A larger painting today 9.5 x 7 inches
The Cow Track
...And this is a village I used to live in, just to the left is West Street a small lane facing the village green, a charming village famous in the 18th Century for the production of 'Plush', just in case you wondered!
|Afternoon Sun in Shutford|
While in England recently I was able to gather new material for paintings; this is an old and somewhat neglected garden near Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds.
The Old Orchard
I spent the afternoon painting at the 'Site Corot' recently, along with another artist we were celebrating the fact that Jean Baptiste Corot used to spend some of his Summer's here after visiting the Limousin looking for a suitable place to paint. Two local brothers built him a summer house to use as a studio. It's a beautifil place and somewhere I'll be painting again.
Beside the River Glane.
When I returned to France I found that my camera wouldn't work, it's a good thing really because it's made me get out there with the easel and paints more than I would. The wildflowers this year are more plentiful than usual and this painting was made looking towards my local town across a beautiful display. The lake was behind me and the dog was enjoying a splash and paddle, it was a very enjoyable evening.
Who needs a camera!
This is a larger painting than usual at 9.5 x 7 inches
Wildflowers below Rochechouart.
The image I am posting here is a PRINT from a painting I made several years ago of the gorgeous little fishing village Polperro in Cornwall in England. I stayed in one of the cottages on the far left and took serveral photographs of the panorama of the village from the end of the quay. I later painted the scene in my studio as soon as I returned, the print is 24 x 13.5 inches and is printed on 300 gsm silk art paper.
|Polperro Harbour (detail)|
Polperro Harbour. Lithographic print. 24 x 13.5 inches. £25click image to see larger