Hollerday Hill, Lynton

When you walk the South West Coast Path along the North Devon coast you come over Countisbury Hill and get this spectacular view of Lynmouth Bay. Lynmouth harbour is tucked away behind the hills and the outskirts of Lynton as it spreads over Hollerday Hill is just visible.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

view of Lynton and Lynmouth

A Peacock in the Orangery

This image for ‘A Peacock in the Orangery’ was inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, but borrows elements from Persian design and the bright colours found in mosaics from that wider region. It started as a title for a novel and developed into this poster. The idea for the novel may be revisited in the future with this as the basis for a distinctive book jacket.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

size guide for A1 to A4 posters

A lost poster from La Belle Époque

Poster La Maison Moderne

I have a bound collection of L’Art Decorative magazines published between 1899 and 1900. Amongst many beautiful illustrations and photographs is a monochrome reproduction of a poster by the Belgium post-impressionist Georges Lemmen.

I have never been able to find a colour version of this poster and the only copies I have found are probably from the same magazine reproduction. The cafe this was produced for has long since disappeared. At 82 Rue des Petit-Champs there is now a bank. From where the cafe was you can see a Starbucks and a Pret a Manger – not quite the same.

As I understand, Georges Lemmen only spent a brief period producing posters before returning to fine art. Like any commercial artist he was not shy about using references he had already drawn. Shown here are two of Lemmen’s paintings. They clearly show the inspiration for the two figures in the poster.

Works by Georges Lemmen

Lemmen’s paintings often used rich, deep colour schemes, whereas his posters (those that I have found) use a more subdued palette. I have no idea what the original colours may have been in this work, so this is by no means an academic interpretation. My version was done mainly for my amusement and because I wanted to bring this beautifully balanced composition back to life (because it is not his original work, I have not included his monogram in my version).

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

size guides for posters

London docks remembered

poster map of London Docks circa 1950

I grew up so close to the Thames that it was part of my life. As a teenager I rowed in the tidal reaches in a coxed four and spent one memorable summer working on a tug boat based out of the pool of London. As a student I often ate my lunch on its banks and partied on boats. I never really thought of London as north and south, but simply straddling the Thames. For me, London was the Thames. The docks were a fascination from when I was at primary school and still are. This graphic image I’ve made is how I remember them in the early 1950s. Many are no longer there and their names died with them. Part of Lavender Pond is now a nature reserve but Lady Dock is lost in time.

illustration size guides london docks

Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

double page spread of picture book

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book purely for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response was quiet to say the least.

So I did what any good creative should do and took a good hard look at the illustrations, text and storyline – and I found faults. Some words were too advanced for the potential readers and there wasn’t really a central plot. Thus prompting a complete re-write and many adjustments to the illustrations.

The story now has a plot and is more engaging. Although the plot centres on two boys and a younger sister, an older sister enables their adventure.

I have already started writing and illustrating the next adventure, Will and Ned’s Adventure Under the Ocean. I even have outline plans for books three (a balloon flight over the jungle) and four (a trip to the arctic circle). But now I’m looking at book one again and I think it needs a third complete rewrite before publication.

The more you practice the better you get.

Social Climbing

Poster artwork titled Social Climbers

A watercolour illustration that I made several years ago. It has been used on greeting cards and postcards.

I drew a number of watercolours in this style for greeting cards and a few of them have remained favourites of mine. My son was an avid rock climber at the time and I probably imagined it a lot more fun than I would have found it if I joined him – and I hate heights.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

size guide for social climbers poster

Heddon’s Mouth, North Devon

Another painting in acrylics. This is a favourite place of mine and one of the places that entranced me when I first visited North Devon.

The view is with my back to a stony bay looking back up through through the Heddon Valley and the river Heddon flowing down to the beach. The water cascades down from Exmoor and in strong spring tides the waves can push up a pebble ridge that the water flows beneath. In gentler tides the river can flatten the ridge and meander over the pebbles on its way to the sea.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

size guides from A1 to A4

Hole in One

Cartoon poster of golfers

Hole in One is a watercolour illustration that I made several years ago. It has appeared in the past on greeting cards and postcards.

I drew a number of watercolours in this style and a few of them have remained favourites of mine. Although I played golf for a while I was always aware of attitudes towards it and the strange ephemera associated with those who played the game.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

size guide for poster A1 to A4

Illusions Made From Paper

picture of gold bars
illusions made from paper

I have, most of my life, been puzzled by the imagined reality of money. Society started by trading food, goods and services. Then currency was invented.

In the world today we don’t have very much real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from a bank guarantees your cash – it doesn’t. There isn’t a pile of cash or gold anywhere that is large enough to supply those promises.

If you gathered all the hard currency in the world, notes and coins, it might just pay off one third of the US national debt. Your bank statement is a promise, backed by faith, but not real money or gold. Gold itself doesn’t have any great practical uses, it’s main use is jewellery, but it is rare. All the gold in the world would fit in three Olympic swimming pools. That is a lot of gold, but not nearly enough. All that gold might pay off another third of the US national debt. What about the other third? And that’s just the US.

In financial terms we have built castles made of promises. They may crumble one day.

gold bullion coins

Gold bullion coins are minted by many countries. They almost pure gold and, although the price of gold goes up and down, they are more reliable than paper promises – if you can afford them.

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

royal albert dock, liverpool

This was originally a commissioned illustration of the Royal Albert Dock for the Museums of Merseyside – it has always remained a personal favourite and I reworked it to produce this poster sized version.

There are always a variety of boats in and around this dock, although you would be very lucky to find these three there at the same time.

Docks as a remnant of our industrial past have a very special place in my life, but more the London docks in my youth than Liverpool.

This poster is available to purchase in four sizes from A1, A2, A3 and A4. All prints are made to order snd produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper.

For those who are not familiar with all the ‘A’ paper sizes, a visual guide to these is shown below:

poster size guides A1 to A4