Tregeseal stone circle drawings

Here are some drawings done at dawn or just after on my way cycling to Tregeseal stone circle. All my Sketchbooks, drawing materials and camera I carry in my pannier bags on my bike. The drawings are all done quickly as I try to capture something of the feel for the place, and in whatever the weather conditions happen to be.

Approaching hail

Approaching hail

So some have approaching hail. It is quite fun sitting and waiting for the hail to travel across the moor.


I seldom use erasers….preferring to use my palm or fingers as I tend to use 9b pencils which are easy to manipulate, some eventually have collage and paint even soil or sand added to them. And if it rains well that just helps to move the medium around especially if I am using watercolour. Eventually some get framed, but I like my sketchbooks and tend to hold onto them…….

Tregeseal stone circle

Tregeseal stone circle

They are like journals and references of varying technique and often suggest different approaches or directions. I will often work on them concurrently as I work on the large scale paintings that come from these drawings, so that they feed into each other. The process often almost completely re works the original sketch or drawing. But this I like and it reflects the changing nature of landscape.



So a drawing may start out as a calm spring morning only to have the weather change dramatically with showers even hail. It is challenging to capture this change…..but it seems to me that this is the point. Snapshorts of nature only real instants in time, I much prefer to capture something of the constant change in weather.

In recent years I have taken to making images of these drawings to save to my computer in order to work on them digitally creating far more abstract works which begin with drawing and become part drawing, part digital, part collage.



These artworks are much smaller and go through repeated processes of drawing, digital manipulation, printing adding collage until they are finished…..






The last image for now was also done at Tregeseal stone circle……a dry stone wall with tangled bracken and a rainbow….



Tregeseal Stone Circle

Over the next few months I will be working towards a series of paintings about some of the standing stones and stone circles near to where I live. This subject is problematic….but it is something I have returned to from time to time over the years. In fact the first painting I ever sold during my degree show at Wolverhampton Polytechnic was titled ‘Standing Stone and Sea. and came about from visits to Cornwall in 1984 but mainly from my student exchange to Limerick in Ireland in 1985 during which we stayed at Dun an Oir on the west coast of the Dingle peninsula.

So I will be posting a series of images drawings and hopefully a short film about making these paintings

Tregeseal Stone Circle No

Tregeseal Stone circle

Venus and Wild Flowers

Here is a new painting. It has been in progress for about 6 months and is a memory from several years back of many evenings watching Venus set in the west from where I built my first observatory.


Venus and Wild Flowers. Oil on canvas. 80 x 81 cm. 2016 £1200

Venus and Wild Flowers. Oil on canvas. 80 x 81 cm. 2016 £1200

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Winter Storm

Here is another new painting, again one that I have been coming back to over the last two years or so. We always have terrifically  exciting storms at the far end of Cornwall and the waves crashing against the cliffs can be terrifying at times…..I still cannot resist exploring these winter storms with sketchbooks and working these drawings and sketches into large scale artworks.

This painting is also large 96 cm x 229 cm £3800

Oil on canvas 96x229 cm

Oil on canvas 96×229 cm

Storm Bryher

This is a painting I keep coming back to time and again……inspred from experiences of the winter storms on the Isles of Scilly during several artist in residencies that I took part in through Gallery Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. I first began work on this painting in 2009, it has gone through many stages and on occasion in various exhibitions, but somehow I have always managed to keep it. It is my most favorite painting, and every now and then I will take it of the wall and work a little bit more on it. Like nature it is a work in progress evolving and as ever it remains unfinished.

A large painting measuring 96.5 cm x 229 cm. £3800

Oil on canvas 96.5 x 229 cm 2016

Oil on canvas 96.5 x 229 cm 2016

Storm Porth Nanven

This painting was just bought by a wonderful couple who have been visiting Cornwall for a number of years and always buy one or more paintings. This year was no exception and in fact they bought 6 paintings one large and 5 small framed paintings (oil on paper). But this is the large one, and a favorite one that I have kept for a number of years. Well they have a new home in Bavaria now…….

Oil on canvas 110x132 cm

Oil on canvas 110×132 cm

Sunset – Winter Storm

Welcome to my blog. I am starting this with one of my recent sales. This painting sold to a couple from Wales. The painting came about from my experiences of cycling and walking during this years winter storms along the coast between St Just and Land’s End. If I had to pick a particular place……as I was asked by the couple who bought the painting, then as I said to them it would be Porth Nanven beach which is very close to where I live and the rocks just visible in the foam of the crashing waves are where my children and I can often be found swimming in the summer…….

Sunset Winter Storm

Oil on canvas 76×152 cm £2200 SOLD