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Dorset Coastline

TITLE:  Dorset Coastline

IMAGE SIZE:  230mm x 280mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm

PRICE:  SOLD during Dorset Art Weeks

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Watercolour and ink.  This is the second time I have tried to paint this particular scene, the first attempt was a bit of a disaster and it ended up as a card!  I wanted to move away painting in too realistic a way and enjoy the shapes that are often suggested in landscapes, whether its paths through fields or plough lines, etc.  I am quite pleased with the outcome and have tried to tie up all the various colours used by working them into the grass at the bottom. 

CARDS:  Handmade cards available in square or oblong format.

Dorset Coastline
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Old Harry Rocks

TITLE: Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

IMAGE SIZE:  210mm x 295mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm

PRICE:  SOLD during Dorset Art Weeks

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  I had great fun doing this.  It is really part of series of 3 recent paintings set on the Dorset Coast.  All 3 are iconic scenes, but I didn't want to paint them too figuratively, therefore there is geometric pattern to depict the rough hewn rock, which, in fact do have those shapes, if not necessarily the colour! 

CARDS: Handmade cards available.

Old Harry Rocks
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Durdle Door

TITLE:  Durdle Door Dorset

IMAGE SIZE: 230mm x 290mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm

PRICE:  SOLD during Dorset Art Weeks 2016

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  One of 3 Dorset Coast scenes which have given me much pleasure to paint - the other two are Old Harry Rocks and Dorset Coast.  I particularly like them because they are less figurative than usual, pattern being a larger feature in all 3.  The Jurassic Coast is well known around the world, and the scenery is spectacular.  I have no doubt that I shall paint it again and again, and each time it will change as my style develops - things evolve!

CARDS:  Handmade cards available.

Durdle Door
Detail
Lulworth coastline Dorset

TITLE:  Lulworth coastline, Dorset

PICTURE SIZE:  300 mm x 220 mm

MOUNT SIZE:  400 mm x 300 mm Antique White

PRICE:  £95.00 Plus P&P 

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is the latest in my Dorset coastline series, and I am really enjoying it.  Dorset is a county rich in beautiful coastline and there is a wealth of opportunities for painting.  Indeed it has probably been painted by just about every local artist numerous times, but I have the advantage, at the moment, of seeing it with new eyes and I love it.  This is a watercolour, and although the watercolour technique used is not taxing in any way, I have enjoyed finding all the patterns and colours presented by this amazing coast.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale.

Lulworth coastline Dorset
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Durdle Door from Swyre Head

TITLE:  Durdle Door from Swyre Head

 

SIZE OF IMAGE:  300mm x 230mm

 

SIZE OF MOUNT:  400mm x 300mm

 

PRICE:  £95.00 Plus P&P  Currently hanging in The Old Chapel Gallery, Abbotsbury and if sold there will be a 35% fee for the gallery.

 

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is my fifth watercolour representation of the beautiful Dorset coastline - I am beginning to know the geography of the coast much better since starting this exercise!  I am particularly pleased with Durdle Door this time, it stands out nicely from the sea and the surrounding cliffs.  I think I may have one or two more in me, but I am itching to try another technique - still watercolour - so maybe not that many.

 

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale.

Durdle Door from Swyre Head
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Old Harry Rocks from Studland

TITLE:  Old Harry Rocks from Studland

SIZE OF IMAGE:  280mm x 220mm

SIZE OF MOUNT:  400mm x 300mm in white

PRICE: £95.00 Plus P&P  

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is the sixth painting in this series and my second one of Old Harry Rocks.  I think I like the simplicity of painting these scenes, the greenery on the fissured white chalk cliffs, and the lovely colours in the sea.  While, as a watercolour exercise, it is not particularly challenging, I love finding the patterns.  I think there are still one or two left to do before I move on!

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale.

Old Harry Rocks from Studland
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Arish Mell, Jurassic Coast

TITLE:  Arish Mell, Jurassic Coast

IMAGE SIZE:  200mm x 300mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm in white

PRICE:  GIVEN AS A PRESENT

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This was painted from a photograph in summer 2016 and I am very proud of it.  There are occasions when I am unable to take pictures of places I would like to paint, so I find one taken by a local photographer that inspires and excites me and ask their permission.  In this case the photographer was Steve Major who is a member of Dorset Landscapes on Facebook and I am a great admirer of his work.  As some of you may know, since arriving in Dorset I have fallen in love with Dorset's chalk coastline and have painted quite a few - personally I think this is one of my best, as the patterns of the cliffs and sea work and so does the colouring.

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available for sale.

Arish Mell, Jurassic Coast
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Old Harry Rocks from above

TITLE:  Old Harry Rocks from above

SIZE OF IMAGE:  200mm x 300mm

SIZE OF MOUNT:  300mm x 400mm in white

PRICE:  £10.00  Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is another view of Old Harry which fascinated me.  It was from a photograph taken by Amanda Cheeseman and one I would never managed to take myself due to a slight problem with vertigo!  I loved the fact that it is a slightly unusual view of the rocks, and quite like the depth of colour in the foreground.  Thank you Amanda.

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available for sale.

Old Harry Rocks from above
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Man of War Bay

TITLE: Man of War Bay

IMAGE SIZE: 200mm x 300mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm

PRICE:  £95.00 Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This was one of the last coastal scenes I painted in summer 2016 - the photo was taken late evening by photographer David Thompson whose work I greatly admire - isn't it funny that we artists admire the work of photographs, and vice versa, and simply because we are, in general, unable to get into each others' shoes!  I loved the golden shades of the late sun still catching the cliffs - haven't got it quite right, but will maybe try again some time.

CARDS: Handmade cards are available.

Man of War Bay
Detail
Man of War Bay from beach

TITLE:  Man of War Bay from the beach

SIZE OF IMAGE: 300 x 200mm

SIZE AND COLOUR OF MOUNT: 500 x 400mm in white

PRICE:  SOLD

CARDS:  Handmade cards available on request.

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This scene was painted during Summer 2017 with a great deal of pleasure.  It was painted from a photograph supplied by David Faulkner who kindly gave me his permission to try to capture a little of the delightful, calm scene across the bay.  I loved the way the sea started off deep and aquamarine and gradually changed to pale browns and yellows as it gradually came forward and onto the beach.  I loved the shapes made by the water, reflections and stones beneath the surface.  Sadly, it sold too quickly, so wasn't able to enjoy it for myself.  I think that this is one scene that I will paint again for the sheer love of it.  Shortly after this was sold, I was encourage to submit a picture of the Dorset Coastline to be displayed aboard the Brittany Ferries vessel sailing out of Poole.  A copy of this painting was chosen, so travelled many times from Poole to France and back!  I have also had a canvas copy made of it, although the lightness of the colours are not quite the same.

Man of War Bay from beach
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Stairhole, Dorset coast

TITLE:  Stairhole, Dorset coast

SIZE OF IMAGE:  240mm x 240mm

SIZE AND COLOUR OF MOUNT: 400mm x 400mm

PRICE: £75.00 plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is a slightly unusual angle of Stairhole, a really spectacular piece of the Dorset coastline.  I used a Canson watercolour paper, with a "snowy surface", which highlights any granulation taking place.  It has a rough surface, which is unusual for me, but it doesn't deaden the colours.  I was particularly fascinated by the water seen coming through the rocks. 

CARDS: Handmade cards are available to purchase.

Stairhole, Dorset coast
Detail
Lulworth Cove I

TITLE:  Lulworth Cove I

SIZE OF IMAGE:  300mm x 200mm

SIZE AND COLOUR OF MOUNT:  500mm x 300mm in white

PRICE:  £150.00

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is an image which I found fascinating, especially the sea and the sky.  I painted it quickly over about a day, and was really excited out how it was going.  When I walked away from it and came back I saw it in a slightly different light and thought the sea overtook the cliffs and hills and was a little disappointed.  So saying I started on version II!  Have now decided, looking at the two pictures side by side, I actually prefer my first version as the sky is more interesting.

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available to purchase.

Lulworth Cove I
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Stair hole, Dorset III

TITLE:Stair Hole, Dorset III

IMAGE SIZE:  280mm x 20mm

MOUNT SIZE & COLOUR:  500mm x 400mm double mount in white

PRICE:  £195.00 plus P&P

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION:  This is a part of the Dorset coastline which fascinates me as I am drawn to the structure of the rocks and the patterns they make.  In this painting you can quite clearly see where the rock face on either side of the opening is different.  I prefer the right hand side - it's easier to  portray.  The sea, once again, interested me and I think I am slowly refining my painting of water in a way that satisfies my need for pattern.  There may be one more picture of this particular coastal feature to come.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available to purchase.

Stair hole, Dorset III
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Old Harry Rocks from a kayak

TITLE:  OLD HARRY ROCKS FROM A KAYAK

SIZE OF IMAGE:  150mm x 250mm

SIZE & COLOUR OF MOUNT:  200mm x 300mm in white

PRICE:  SOLD

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION:  This was painted from a photograph by Mandy Cheeseman, a talented photographer of scenes around Dorset and its coastline.  This was one of my relatively early coastal scenes with water effects, and I loved what I could see below the surface which gave me lots of pattern and colour.  Looking back on it now, and what I have learned since I last painted it, it probably merits another attempt.  

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale.

Old Harry Rocks from a kayak
Detail
Kimmeridge Bay

TITLE:  KIMMERIDGE BAY

SIZE OF IMAGE:  150mm x 250mm

SIZE & COLOUR OF MOUNT:  200mm x 300mm in white

PRICE:  SOLD

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Another of my early scenes around Dorset.  I had friends visiting and on walking along the coastline a bit we looked back on this glorious scene.  Once again, full of pattern and the challenge of portraying the water.  I could possibly make a better job of it now, but there are so many lovely scenes yet to paint it might be a while.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available to purchase.

Kimmeridge Bay
Detail
Stair Hole, Dorset

TITLE:  Stair Hole, Dorset

SIZE OF IMAGE:  150mm x 240mm

SIZE & COLOUR OF MOUNT:  200mm x 300mm in white

PRICE:  SOLD

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This was my first attempt at the weird and beautiful phenomenon which is Stair Hole, just round the corner from Lulworth Cove in Dorset.  It fires the imagination, and is actually quite a daunting piece of coastline to paint.  The trees at the top of the painting presented a challenge as they are very iconic - anyone who has been there knows them well.  Again, it is full of the most magical rock formations, and water over pebbles.  Lovely, lovely place.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale

Stair Hole, Dorset
Detail
Reflections of Old Harry Rocks

TITLE:  Reflections of Old Harry Rocks

SIZE:  Image: 380mm x 280mm Mount:  Off white 550mm x 45mm

PRICE:  £350.00 including P & P.

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  I have been painting this coastline for a few years now and I think this might be my best attempt yet of Old Harry Rocks.  I am often inspired by other, more experienced artists, and it pushes me to attempt new things, particularly with the sea.  This is the result of such inspiration, and while one could say it's time to stop painting this stunning landmark, maybe not quite yet for me!

CARDS:  Handmade cards available to purchase.

 

Reflections of Old Harry Rocks
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Lulworth Cover - letterbox

TITLE:  Lulworth Cove - letterbox

SIZE:  Image: 380mm x 165mm  Mount: Off white 530mm x 330mm

PRICE: £195.00 plus P & P.

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Once again an inlet in the Dorset coast which brings me great joy when I paint it.  The rock formations are so striking and the sea seems to change colour and shape each time I look at it (as sea does, of course!)  

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available.

Lulworth Cover - letterbox
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