The Orchard under the Moor

This is an imaginary view based on an orchard I passed every time I returned to Exmoor. As I turned off the main road I would pass this large apple orchard. To me this was start point of returning to Exmoor as the road from there rose quickly onto the high moors and brought meContinue reading “The Orchard under the Moor”

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”

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”

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”

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. ThisContinue reading “Porlock Weir, Exmoor, Somerset”

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)”

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 inContinue reading “Hollerday Hill, Lynton”

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 cascadesContinue reading “Heddon’s Mouth, North Devon”

Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Devon

A poster derived from an series of sketches I made of the iconic Valley of the Rocks, in Lynton, England. North Walk is a cliff path, with precipitous drops which leads you round Hollerday Hill in Lynton. This route is part of the South West Coast Path as it winds its way along the NorthContinue reading “Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, Devon”