I love these subjects best. Cliffs and falling down buildings.
McArthurs warehouse in Bristol was the home of Artspace before they moved round the corner to the redeveloped Brooke Bond tea factory at Spike Island in 1998. When I first came to Bristol I used to go to etching there at Bristol Printmakers with Emma Stibbon and Anna Gillespie ( both now successful artists) and also attended Peter Reddick's woodcut class . While its current appearance is exactly what I love to paint, I am sad it has been let rot further for nearly 20 years. There are so few original dock buildings left. At least it has not been knocked down, unless this is a ploy to make it so derelict that it has to be demolished for safety.
Sales success for Charity
As part of the Clifton Arts Club exhibition, members were sent a 20 x 20 cm card in advance to do a work to be sold for charity at the tempting price of £35 and around 90 people responded. I had used my card on an attempt at depicting moonlight at Brisons Veor so although it is not a finished work I sent it in. Someone liked it enough to buy it. I also snapped up a bargain myself of another Art Club artists work .
Cheddar and black Down
Cheddar Gorge is my favourite scenic spot in Somerset and my plan is eventually to paint every rocky outcrop of this limestone gorge.
I try and avoid peak holiday times as it gets really crowded but I couldn't resist the chance to paint in nice weather so found a spot in Horseshoe Bend.
Two days later it was still sunny so I went back to the Mendip hills to paint the view from Black Down. There is a great view across North Somerset towards the Bristol Channel and Wales. Weston and Worle are on the left and Cardiff is a speck on the other side of the channel. Black Down is the only large area of moorland on the Mendips and at this time of year is purple, green and russet from heather, grass and bracken. The grey limestone rocks of Burrington Coombe can be seen on the right
As I was away in Scotland I missed the opening of the 108th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition, but I have 2 paintings on show : Barleywood Walled garden at Wrington and the first Severn Bridge from Aust Jetty. The Victoria Methodist Church, 1 Whiteladies Road, Bristol is a new venue and large and light. I am doing 2 spots of invigilating and helping with derig.
Revisiting last years holiday cottage at Inshriach Alpine Nursery in the Cairngorms, but 2 months later in the hope of better weather. It was warmer but not drier. I had hoped to paint the pond again and also the pond at Inshriach Farm but I'm not quite sure where the week went. I did more smaller things last year but as painting larger pictures just takes me longer, I only did 1 oil this time over 2 days. More delicious cake was eaten in the Potting Shed tearoom.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november