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 cafés 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”

I used to draw postcards

It feels like a different life when we didn’t have cameras on our phones, or not even mobile phones. In those distant days people would send a postcard to friends and family whilst on holiday. Sometimes the postcards even arrived before they returned home. Somehow I started drawing cartoons for holiday postcards. It was onlyContinue reading “I used to draw postcards”

North Walk, Lynton

From a painting in acrylics. This is a favourite place of mine and one of the views that entranced me when I first visited North Devon. The view is one of the few I am able to enjoy because my fear of heights prevents me from completing the whole route. Every day the colours changeContinue reading “North Walk, Lynton”

Southport Pier

Southport in Merseyside, North West England. Taken one late afternoon for no other reason than it looked amazing. I was there partly to see Antony Gormley’s Another Place and this view was breathtaking. The government was going to move my parents to Southport from London, during WW2, but in the end my father remained inContinue reading “Southport Pier”

Swim Wild, Swim Free

This poster was inspired by the Art Deco movement. One of my passions in as a young man was to swim wherever I could. Rivers, lakes, outdoor lidos, even a river pool in the Kakadu National Park in Australia. There is a rock pool at the top of Victoria Falls in Africa, but it wasContinue reading “Swim Wild, Swim Free”

The Girl outside the Regal Cinema

An illustration of an Regal cinema in Barnstaple, North Devon with a girl waiting for a friend outside. This actual building still exists but sadly is no longer a cinema. The period I chose is the mid 1960s so the four advertising posters outside the cinema are all from around that period, being: Marnie, MyContinue reading “The Girl outside the Regal Cinema”

Porlock Weir, Exmoor, Somerset

This drawing of Porlock Harbour in Somerset, England was made only with coloured pencils. It was a fairly large scale piece of work and is available as a high quality poster in four sizes. The illustration uses a technique of over-layering pencils to create a depth of colour not always associated with this media.

La Joie du Vélo (the joy of cycling)

We see more and more cyclists on the road and more and more lycra. At one time fashion demonstrated by cyclists on holiday might have been less comfortable, but was certainly more elegant. A cycling holiday passing through the Valley of Rocks would have been just as enjoyable and, I suspect, the lower speeds wouldContinue reading “La Joie du Vélo (the joy of cycling)”

Saunton Sands, North Devon

The inspiration for this poster comes from an old 35mm slide taken at Saunton Sands in the early 1980s. The emulsion on the film had deteriorated by the time I rediscovered it and a high res scan, minus a few retouched scratches, developed into this ethereal image of a couple on an otherwise relatively desertedContinue reading “Saunton Sands, North Devon”