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”

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”

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”