A visit to Exmoor

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Recently I spent a few days painting in the Exmoor National Park, staying at Selworthy.  The painting above shows a view of Exmoor near the North Devon coast.  Below, a farm building near where I was staying, and a wind-blasted tree which was painted on the coast at Porlock Weir.  All the works are watercolour, painted on location.

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Sketching in Dulwich Village

Yesterday, I ran a sketchcrawl in Dulwich Village with Urban Sketchers London.  I also found time to draw across four pages of my concertina sketchbook, and the results are shown below.  The paper was initially prepared with torn paper collage, acrylic gesso and random marks with diluted indian ink.  Then I drew on location with chinagraph pencil, which is a waxy, quite thick black pencil which encourages a bold approach.  I am finding that the concertina format encourages a more flexible use of different images across the spread, developing a portrait of the place, in this case Dulwich Picture Gallery and its surrounds.

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