Bearah Tor trees

A walk to Bearah Tor on Bodmin Moor, not far from my studio. Very hot, each low hawthorn tree was providing shelter to a sheep with her lamb.  Stopped to make a few quick sketches on my phone pad (new to me – I like it, though it’s very small and maybe use a pointed tool rather than my finger)     Then in water colours.                                Back in the studio I made a series of small oil paintings:                     see the tree series      … Read More

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Notter Tor on Bodmin Moor

A morning walk on Bodmin Moor through woodlands to Notter Tor, the colours were beautiful – these will be on my palette for new paintings in the coming weeks: greys of granite and lichen, yellow-green of moss and crimson-pinks stonecrop, and of course the brilliant bluebells creating a carpet across the side of the tor and springing up amongst the boulders:             Related Images:

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Heath Spotted Orchids

Fritillary butterflies and wild orchids on Bodmin Moor. This was a perfect afternoon for the butterflies so I walked to a delightful corner of Bodmin Moor, a little marshy area on the side of Hawk’s Tor, by a stream that flows to the River Lynher. These are Heath Spotted Orchids and a Small Pear-boardered Fritillary. In the final photo you may spot the Golden-ringed Dragonfly. ” template=”default” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”DESC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  Link: All the Moor Butterflies Related Images:

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Notter Tor

A cuckoo was calling early this morning, I listened to it and all the other birdsong as I drank my cup of tea standing at the open front door. Then later, on a walk to Notter Tor I heard another, this one was somewhere around Bearah Tor.  Notter Tor is covered with bluebells amongst the dried bracken which is yet to grow and under the wind-sculpted oak trees. It’s an interesting low tor on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. An old quarry has eaten into one side where there is now a deep pool with sheer granite cliffs. From the boulders on the summit the views are fantastic, and there are remains… Read More

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Ridge

Walk to Nine Stones and Ridge Bright sunlight showing up the pattern of medieval ridge and furrow on the hillside, brilliant yellow gorse blossom, skylarks singing. Granite boulders, ancient enclosures, round-houses – tumbled remains of walls and buildings. Leats cut along the hillside, dry now, but once channelled water to the farmstead and mill. Fresh tracks gouged by the tractor taking hay to feed the cattle on this parched moorland hill, there’s no new grass yet on this moorland hill.  From the Neolithic, to Bronze age, to Medieval and to modern day. And today this was a beautiful peaceful morning walk, looking across the marsh to Fox Tor, then from Ridge to Hawk’s Tor… Read More

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lichen and clean air

Trees on Bodmin Moor – and in my garden – are draped with lichen, testament to the clean air that we are very fortunate to enjoy here in Cornwall.  Another lichen in wonderful ochre colours is on the granite in my studio, on granite pillars that were originally the outside of the barn. Lichens are highly sensitive to air quality, some are sensitive to nitrogen though some are nitrogen-loving  – see this lichen identification guide. Air pollution is one of the major environmental issues in the UK – recently on TV news about schools in cities where the children are exposed to illegal levels of damaging air pollution from diesel vehicles. Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels in… Read More

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Howard Hodgkin

You need things to look at, things to affect your feelings, your intelligence and your heart.” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) I’ve been thinking about his paintings, after hearing that he died yesterday. And this evening looking at works his website and on the Tate website.  ” A great user of colour…  …invented his own language. Each picture is about something  – a place, a situation.” Andrew Graham-Dixon in conversation with Howard Hodgkin in 2010 https://howard-hodgkin.com/resources/films-and-audio From the media today: “They [his paintings] seemed like little jewels, hanging on the wall, radiating colour and light” Nicholas Serota “Each painting was a balance between released emotion and something coiled, concealed, withheld.” Colm Toibin   Related Images:

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