Another island View, Scilly

Oil on canvas board, 12×16”

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St. Martin’s in the Fields, London

Pen and wash on A5 cartridge paper

I spent the morning in the area around Trafalgar Square in London, which offers many ideas for sketching. My main purpose for the visit was to go to the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters at the Mall Galleries, always well worth attending. Of course, the weather forecasters got it wrong again and it was unexpectedly cold with an icy wind, which did not make for comfortable plein air work. This sketch was all I could do but it must have taken me half and hour and at the end I was frozen.

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Island View, Scilly

Oil on canvas board, 12×16”. £60 unframed including carriage. Enquiry through contact form.

I have such sweet memories of The Isles of Scilly in the UK, having been there four times and booked to go again this coming summer. It is so beautiful and it is a painter’s paradise with views around every corner. It is rare for me to part with these paintings.

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Lode Mill, Anglesey Abbey

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Acrylic on canvas board, 12×16”. £50 unframed, free carriage. Respond via comments.

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property near Cambridge in the UK. I visited it a while ago specifically to explore the winter garden and was not disappointed. Many varieties of snowdrops were evident, as were a few early daffodils and helebores. There were some stunning colours amongst the trees and shrubs. Lode Mill is a working watermill a short walk from the Abbey alongside the river, from where this scene was painted. Whole grain flour can be bought from the mill.

Misty Morning, Whitstable

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Acrylic on canvas board, 12×16”. £50 unframed, carriage free. Use the contact form if you are interested.

Whitstable Harbour in Kent, UK, is one of my favourite inspirations for painting. It is full of character and the fishing boats are quite challenging to depict. Around the harbour are oyster sellers, fish market, fishermens’ huts, and a Saturday market. Many of the old fishermens’ huts have been converted into holiday lets. As a result they have lost some character but at least they are being conserved and put to good use. Sometimes a Thames barge moors up and is available for trips round the estuary. There is a big tidal range here and as a result, twice a day the boats sit in mud, giving an altogether different view. This is a place to wander slowly, perhaps sitting down for coffee or lunch in the open air cafe.

Whitstable is a favourite of day-trippers and can get very busy at times. Do go there, especially if you are an artist – you will find much to paint and it is a good centre for venturing into the other towns of north Kent.