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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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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Open Studios Cornwall 2017

Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June  I’ll be here from 11am to 5pm each day and would love to see you. See my location on a map. I’m hoping to complete some in this new series ‘connections’.   And I’ve just heard on a Channel 4 news report: NO COAL was used in the production of electricity in the UK today….. the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of fossil fuel began – tweeted from the National Grid control room.          Related Images:

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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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Trewortha Tor

A low ridge of granite boulders, part of Twelve Men’s Moor (see our local history group pages) on Bodmin Moor. Walking from North Hill village car park – or from my studio which adds a few more miles. This is a fairly easy route, with gradual climb up through Castick woods above the cascading Withey Brook, and onto the open moor, see a map. Explore these granite boulders along the ridge, then there’s a stile over the stone wall to King Arthur’s Bed on the next small outcrop. From Trewortha Tor look west across the moor to Brown Willy, the highest tor in Cornwall. After this invigorating walk I started a new series… Read More

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Bearah

A fantastic walk to Bearah Tor earlier this week, on a brilliantly sunny day. Up the lane from Blackcombe towards the quarry (see a map) then leaving the lane to follow the little stream to find the parish boundary stone. Crossing left back over the lane to climb Bearah Tor, from here you can look down on the workings going on in the Bearah Quarry where granite is dressed for restoration work on Cornish buildings and other projects.   The walk helped me find shapes to use in my work this week in the granite boulders on the tor.   I’m using cold wax as a medium with oil paints, a methodology outlined… Read More

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Leskernick #2

As I work on my second Leskernick canvas I’m asking a different set of questions about what I am attempting to do, a more abstract process. In this final stage of the work I’m thinking: which colours/tones next to each other, do they interact, is the surface disturbed or smooth? do the shapes sit on the same plane, together or separate? does the line coincide, cut through, or create an outline? Each mark making a statement back to me and posing a question. Possibly it’s too complicated. But it does have a feeling of the place. So I’ll add this now to the gallery and see how it works there.… Read More

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