Went to the David Hall in October to see Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra. A really tight performance. I’ve not known them to be otherwise of course. This is the first time I’ve seen them performing old style around a single microphone. It was nice chatting to them between sets and after the encores. It helps of course when you’re accompanied by an aunt and cousin of one of the band.

Oil painting of Lytes Cary Manor, East View

Painting of Lytes Cary Manor, East View

Lytes Cary Manor in 2012

Painted, this time from the East, a great view of Lytes Cary Manor. This one looking back to where I painted the manor first time.
At the right is the Chapel with its gothic mullioned window. Manicured lawns stretch away to the North with large box cut domes lining the pathway. Looking to the North gives a view of the Dovecote set in the middle of the pasture.

The Walled Gardens of Cannington lie within the grounds of a medieval priory. The gardens had undergone extensive redevelopment when officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. The Gardens, located near Bridgwater, provide a superb facility for students at Bridgwater College. As you walk around look out for the ‘hot’ Herbaceous Border; the Blue Garden; the Sub-Tropical Walk; and a Victorian style fernery.

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A still life of beach combings from Chesil Beach a RAMSAR site in Dorset, England.

A still life of beach combings

Still life painting of beach combings

It was my first visit to shingle ridge of Chesil and while photographically interesting both scenically and for the flora. It seems the driftwood and flotsam was what I took away with me. Some of the species found are Spiny Spider Crab (Maja squinado), Dog whelk (Nucella lapillus), Sea Wash Ball, Egg Case Of Common Whelk (Buccinum undatum) and Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis). Chesil is one of three major shingle structures in Britain.

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Oil painting of Sunflowers, Field of Dreams

Painting of Sunflowers, Field of Dreams

Sunflowers in the Field of Dreams

This painting was inspired by a visit to the Field of Dreams at the Barcroft Hall Estate in South Petherton, Somerset. The owners reclaimed some abused land and planted one of the largest collections of annual wild flowers from around the world. Several years running the fields were seeded and open to the public in the summer.  This attracted thousands of people who came to walk in the meadow along the mown paths.

A mixture of 57 species wild flower from around the world were broadcast sown to create a dense display of colour. In 2012 a whole field of sunflowers were planted and the seeing the two fields next to each other suggested this combination as a subject to paint.

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Man made river in the Wetlands of Somerset

Originally created to drain the Somerset Levels it never really worked. Luckily as part of the wetlands of the Somerset Levels it still has scenic and wildlife value. Finding myself here for the fist time in years, having moved away. I took the opportunity to capture the scene. Restoration and improvement for wildlife continues. The scope has increased in recent years. Improving the area for wildlife and the visitors. A unique place, come and see if you’re in the area.

Painting of South Drain a river in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.

Painting of South Drain looking east from Edington Road, Burtle, Somerset

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Lytes Cary Manor, South View

Lytes Cary Manor, South View

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval house with it’s own chapel, seen here at the right of the picture. A remarkable building and garden in rural Somerset. The house was lived in by Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball.

Feeling the responsibility of their  position in society they would allow the less fortunate to benefit from the leftovers. When food remained after meals it could left to others. Wooden rollers placed vertically like the bars of a prison allowed for an arm to reach through. The width of the gap and what you could hold in your hand determined the amount of food you could take.
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Daffodils painting

Painting of Daffodils

Daffodils a Sign for Spring

An obvious choice here in the UK as spring arrives. I turned around one day and there they were in a vase. All I had to do was set up the lighting and background for this simple but satisfying painting. Painted in thick oil giving great texture set against a dark background.

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Flowers at Killerton

From the formal gardens adjacent to the house to the woodland above there are flowers for all at Killerton. This 18th century property has a remarkable collection of non-native trees. The slope behind the house has been carefully planted with exotic tree species. Their shade is perfect to shelter the Azaleas and Rhododendrons below on the ground. My favourites are the scented Azaleas in spring.

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Flower of the Handkerchief or Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)

Flower of the Handkerchief or Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata)

Handkerchief Tree Flower

The handkerchief or dove tree is originally from south west China. Best known for the unusual flowers. The tree was introduced to Europe in 1904. It is likely that this is the variety which is more commonly grown.