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 from near the end of North Walk is one of the few I am able to enjoy because my fear of heights prevents me from completing theContinue 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”

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. 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)”

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”

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”

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 beContinue reading “A Peacock in the Orangery”

A lost poster from La Belle Époque

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 probablyContinue reading “A lost poster from La Belle Époque”

London Docks and Waterways 1947

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 itsContinue reading “London Docks and Waterways 1947”