Japanese inspired magazine cover

Japanese art, fashion and illustration style are all influences in this poster. At one time I aspired to be a magazine layout designer until I appreciated the dull monotony of the job. At that time, in the late 1960s early 70s, there were a range of magazines that were beautiful works of art in themselvesContinue reading “Japanese inspired magazine cover”

The Furies of the Tango

This is derived from an Art Nouveau book illustration by George Barbier for a book entitled La Guirlande des Mois (published 1917). The original drawing was in pen and watercolour and has been reproduced in a variety of tonal variations. I have kept relatively true to the colour of the original, but redrawn it soContinue reading “The Furies of the Tango”

A Good Book – is a friend for life

This poster is derived from an Art Nouveau advertising poster which I have always admired. The original was by Koloman Moser and produced around 1900. The printing process for the original poster would have limited the design to relatively simple blocks of only seven colour and was used in advertising for an illustrated book. IContinue reading “A Good Book – is a friend for life”

Parracombe, Exmoor

I lived in Parracombe for forty years, have known it for even longer, and saw it change gradually over that time. Strangely, this view of village is how it was almost 120 years ago, but still familiar. In the age of steam a narrow gauge railway was built from Barnstaple to Lynton. During the planningContinue reading “Parracombe, Exmoor”

How my life is shaped by ASD

This is how I have coped with life. It may or may not help others. Having only been diagnosed in later life as being affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, I am now reluctant to mention it to friends as reactions range from disbelief to dismissal. I missed the window to be diagnosed with Asperger’s SyndromeContinue reading “How my life is shaped by ASD”

The Six Colours of a Rainbow

We’ve seen a lot of beautifully drawn rainbows recently but what colours should you use. It’s a simple matter of physics, but not everyone has seen rainbows the same way, and when Sir Isaac Newton got it wrong we all followed. This is a potted history of how rainbows have been described over millennia. HomerAboutContinue reading “The Six Colours of a Rainbow”

Lynmouth, Harbour Lights

When I first knew Lynmouth, in the 1960s, the Harbour would be bustling, both during the day and in the evenings during the summer. Pubs, shops and caf├ęs would all be open. Now it’s much quieter after the day visitors have left, but still as atmospheric as the light fades. I am probably one amongstContinue reading “Lynmouth, Harbour Lights”

Watersmeet, East Lyn, Lynmouth

This poster is in the mid 20th century style of British travel posters for coastal resorts. It’s the location of Watersmeet House on the East Lyn valley above Lynmouth. The property is now a National Trust tea room, but was originally a fishing lodge built for Walter Stevenson Halliday in 1832. Two rivers meet hereContinue reading “Watersmeet, East Lyn, Lynmouth”