BM05, ‘The Cabin from the beach’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 13.5 x 8.2cm
After my last entry which was somewhat concerned with the Bucks Mills venue and its interior decay, I showed a few examples of the Pebbles. This series amounted to some 30 sketches and subsequently has developed work in the studio where I am able to work up the drawings both in technique and scale. Below are two examples:
Pebble series #30, Oil pastel on silk art paper 32 x 45cm
Pebble series #31, Oil pastel on silk paper 32 x 45cm
But the coastline was compelling both on the small and large scale. So here is some of the other work done there. As mentioned before, I felt the urge to disappear into the woodland: 66 steps both east and west, up and down a steep climb. There were some overgrown steps on the western side; coming down first time I did an ungainly skidding swallow dive coming down painfully on my left wrist. Fortunately no lasting harm done and not my main drawing hand. It wasn’t this that deterred me from going back there time and again, it was realising that I can study woodland to my heart’s content at home and that it was the coastline which was the whole point of me being here.
BM06, ‘Woodland’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 23 x 32cm
BM02, ‘Tree trunks’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 13.5 x 8.2cm
At first I was inspired by ‘Bideford Black’ (a pigment historically mined just up the coast http://bidefordblack.blogspot.co.uk/p/history.html) to work in monochrome and while this was satisfying I felt unable to get the quality of the limpid light. Though I did try and these are some B&W sketches.
BM15, Oil pastel on silk art paper 8.2 x 13.5cm
BM01, ‘Coast westward towards Clovelly’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 23 x 32cm
BM18, ‘Coast eastward to Hartland’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 8.2 x 13.5cm
After to some extent abandoning this rather artificial monochrome constraint, I did do more work in and around the woodlands in the company of my parasitic arachnid friends…
BM10, ‘Edge of woodland’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 23x32cm
… but concentrated thereafter on the cliffs and shoreline.
BM11, ‘Cliffscape’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 8.2 x 13.5cm
BM04, ‘Coast east to Hartland’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 23 x 32cm
BM13, ‘The red cliff’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 23 x 32cm
BM12, ‘Vegetated cliffs’, Oil pastel on silk art paper 8.2 x 13.5cm
I have subsequently been developing the Pebble series because of its enormous possibilities. I’ll post some of this work later and hope also to show some paintings from these same sources before too long.