Thursday, 24 February 2011

Work in progress - Flamborough Head

I've just started this view of the chalk cliffs at Flamborough Head. I was fascinated by the shapes and colours of the areas of leafless brambles on the clifftops on a fine very early spring day. There were lots of interesting umber and violety colours, and the brambly areas actually looked soft and 'furry'. I hope this works out as intended! At the moment just roughing out areas of colour (acrylic).
This is a couple of miles along from the Bempton Cliffs featured in an earlier post (, and is the left-hand side of the bay whereas my ink drawing shows the right-hand side (

Monday, 21 February 2011

Boats at Clovelly

An abstract painting (acrylic) based on boats at Clovelly, with the pebbly beach, lifeboat slipway and rounded hilltops in the background. All reduced to very stylized shapes in delicate colours. This is the view from the window in the old pub by the seawall there. This painting is textured with sand, and some of the paint is rubbed down in the curtain and side of the window.

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tuileries Gardens, Paris

An early springtime view of the avenue of trees in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris. This was a mild, gentle day, and the contrast between the cast shadows and the golden sunlit areas was lovely. This was before the remodelling of the gardens, and I'm not sure if this scene looks the same now.
This acrylic painting (16 x 16) is available in my etsy shop, at:

Thursday, 10 February 2011


An abstract painting based on one of the footpaths at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, a favourite walk. This is a little tunnel made of trunks and branches of willow saplings curved together, and I liked the spiralling pattern of the shadows. I was thinking of the colours of Paul Nash landscapes, greys and dull greens, with a touch of ultramarine and magenta.
This is available at my etsy shop:

Millstones, Longshaw

An acrylic painting, with coloured pencil details, of moss-covered old millstones among bracken in the woods near Longshaw in the Peak District, Derbyshire. Making millstones used to be a traditional industry here (a very unhealthy one for the workers), but it collapsed suddenly in the early 19th century, and today you can find piles of these half-finished stones near quarries and on the moors.
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Microscope slides

Recently, I've been neglecting to post my new etsy additions to this blog, so I'm adding a group of pictures today. These two paintings are abstract impressions of microscope slides of rock thin sections. I spent lots of time looking at such things when I was a geology student, and it was one of my favourite parts of the course (drawing fossils was another one; I was obviously doing the wrong course!). The colours you'll see in rock slides are intense - it's like looking at a stained glass window - and under cross-polarized light they change as you rotate the microscope stage, so that they transform through violet, intense blue, turquoise, orange, pink, lemon yellow, etc. These pictures are in acrylics with oil pastel, and are a good size (16 x 20 inches).
These are available at my etsy shop, at: