Barnstaple and the Taw

This view of Barnstaple is slightly idealised as the Quay has changed somewhat over the years. This depicts it in a leafier, greener age before town planners decided to sanitise and formalise it. The main building of Bridge Chambers, the Museum of Barnstaple and Trinity Church tower remain relatively unscathed even today. The bridge wasContinue reading “Barnstaple and the Taw”

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”

Côte d’Azur

Fashion illustration, travel posters and the Art Deco movement are all influences in this poster for the Côte d’Azur. I feel it would be wonderful if travel destinations were still advertised with such simple design, but of course the purpose of travel and number pf people travelling has changed. Travellers used to be ‘seen’ inContinue reading “Côte d’Azur”

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”

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”

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 theseContinue reading “Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool”