Friday, 15 July 2011

Old pictures, new etsy shop items

I've been going through some of my older paintings and sketches, and decided to add a few of them to my etsy shop. This one is a view of Clovelly in north Devon, from the precipitous street that winds its way down to the harbour, and is an oil pastel sketch for a painting that didn't work as well as the sketch. (I must try again; this is a very appealing view.) It's 16 x 16 inches, and you can see this sketch at
This is a quick sketch of a still life subject that was set, some years ago, in a local painting class. The chair had been painted a gorgeous viridian colour, and the leafy stems just seemed to explode in all directions from the old bottle. I tried a rough, Matisse-type approach for this one. This acrylic painting is 16 x 20 inches, and can be seen at
And here are a couple of girls by the Seine in Paris. They just happened to be wearing colours that totally harmonized, so this was an irresistible subject. This acrylic painting is 16 x 20 inches and is at
And finally, a fairly intensely coloured version of the peacock topiary in the garden next to Haddon Hall entrance (Derbyshire). I already have a little painting of this subject in my shop, and for the larger one here I simplified and smoothed the shapes and upped the brightness, so that it starts to look a bit surreal. It's weird what people can do with hedges! This garden always puts me in mind of Alice in Wonderland and the beautiful garden down the little passageway. This acrylic painting is at

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