Hartland Quay, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Spent another 10 days in Devon with the Old Street group, exploring Dartmoor and the North Devon coast.

Hartland Point, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 12 inches

We didn’t have great weather this time, even though it was July. However, I found a place where you can paint even when it’s raining. The Two Bridges Hotel in Dartmoor, a charming old family-run hotel, that has hosted among other people, the actress Vivien Leigh, has a gazebo next to a stone bridge that forms part of its driveway. This allowed me to work on this painting for a good two and a half hours without getting wet:

The Bridge at the Two Bridges Hotel, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24 inches

We did find one more place to paint under shelter: the beach at Welcombe has caves in the cliff face. If you’re an artist and you’re seeking to increase the value of your stock by dying an early and romantic death, this is a good place to set up your easel: while you’re busy establishing exactly the right shade of rose-tinted grey, the tide will come roaring in and swallow you up:

Surfer, Welcombe mouth

Welcombe Mouth Beach, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24 inches

The figure in the middle is not in fact an artist fighting off the waves with his palette, he is a German surfer and travelling fire-throwing/swallowing (artist), the kind of person you often bump into in North Devon.

Lastly, during a brief interlude in the British July rainy season, I painted this sitting on the dunes at Bude beach:

Oil painting of beach at Bude with holiday-goers

Bude, Oil on canvas, 18 x 12 inches

Bude beach, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches