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SHAF Trail 2018: 13-28 October – preview on Friday 12th, 6-8pm

The SHAF Trail is an annual event organised by the South Hams Art Forum – and it starts on Saturday.

Local artists open their homes, allowing visitors to see for themselves how we work, and to talk one-on-one with the artists.

Brochures giving a complete list of all the artists taking part in the SHAF Trail are available at a number of places: Salcombe Information Centre, Bonningtons the newsagents, Spar (Loring Road), Salcombe Yacht Club, …

 

Guest exhibitor: Michael Hill

I am delighted that Michael Hill will be sharing my gallery space for this year’s SHAF trail. I’ve attended Michael’s classes for a decade or more and much admire his work.

Michael and I are hosting a preview evening on Friday 12 October, 6-8pm. Invitations have been sent by email but if you haven’t received yours and would like to attend, please contact me.

 

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

As well as the preview evening, Beacon House Gallery will be open 13-28 October for visitors as follows.

  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10am-5pm
  • Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays: 11am-4pm
  • Tuesdays: CLOSED

You don’t need to book ahead. Just turn up and you will be made very welcome.

 

WHERE IS BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

Beacon House Gallery is within my home – the hall, stairs and landing, no less. It’s not normally open to the public, except by prior arrangement.

 

DIRECTIONS TO BEACON HOUSE

As you approach Salcombe, there will be yellow posters with arrows pointing the way to Beacon House.

We have wheelchair access and plenty of parking space available on our private drive.

Alternatively, you could park in the park’n’walk at the top of Bonfire Hill and walk down. There might also be parking spaces in Bonfire Hill alongside the allotments.

Please do not park on the shared drive.

We look forward to your visit!

SOLD! Ebb Tide at Batson Creek

It’s a delight to support local good causes and charities.

As a member of Salcombe Yacht Club, this year, during Merlin Rocket week, Anne and I spent nine days in The Chart Room at the yacht club, welcoming the Merlin sailors and their families, and exhibiting my original works, limited edition prints, and fine art greetings cards.

The weather was too hot for me to paint, but I enjoyed watching the sailing, photographing the Merlins and talking with lots of art lovers, while Anne ‘manned the shop’.

 

SOLD! Ebb Tide at Batson Creek

Ebb Tide at Batson CreekAs well as over 100 cards, I sold a painting, which swelled the donation to the Salcombe Yacht Club.

While I am happy when any painting sells, I’m especially so when I meet the purchaser and know it’s going to a good home.

A purchaser is a local person, someone I will see often, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy his purchase.

My paintings grace many a wall in Salcombe, and elsewhere.

See if you can spot one of my originals next time you go visiting?

 

Which cards were the most popoular?

I had painted two more Merlin compositions especially for Merlin Rocket week, and used them for new card designs, bringing the number of cards featuring Merlins to three: Merlins, Merlins Crossing the Bar, and Watching the Merlins Race.

Merlin cards for sale of Ebb Tide at Batson Creek

All three sold well, but they were pipped by two other designs: Salcombe Estuary Trots and Dappled Light I, a watercolour which is now sold but very much like the still-available oil painting Dappled Light III.

Salcombe Estuary Trots for sale of Ebb Tide at Batson Creek

Salcombe Estuary Trots

Local artist, supporting local causes

This year so far, I’ve made donations to The Friends of the Redfern and Salcombe Yacht Club. If you would like me to support your good cause, contact me.

Anne and I are happy to attend events and we have specific cards being sold through charities, such as Salcombe Regatta and Hope Cove Lifeboat.

One-man exhibition: Little Studio at the Loft Gallery

As a full member of Salcombe Art Club, I have the option to exhibit in the corner of the Loft Gallery that some of us still call the Little Studio.

This year, I have two consecutive weeks: 28 July until 11 August.

Fifteen original paintings … on three ‘walls’.

 

On the ‘left’ wall

Seagulls in the Spray

Acrylic

16 x 20

£325

 

Burgh Island from Hope Cove

Acrylic

15 x 15

£400

Also available as a fine art greetings card

 

Low Tide at Fishermans Cove

Acrylic

15 x 15

£400

Also available as a fine art greetings card

 

Affordable Art

I am not permitted to sell my cards at the Loft Studio, but they are available within walking distance.

  • Bonningtons, the newsagents
  • Salcombe Information centre

 

On the ‘middle’ wall (top to bottom and then left to right)

Salcombe Yacht Club Christmas Camellias

Acrylic 15 x 15 £500

Scoble Point Moorings

Oil 19 x 19 £450

Gullet Plantation

Oil 15 x 15 £450

Deliah

Acrylic 16 x 12 £250

Dappled Light III

Oil 12 x 16 £350

Tranquility

Acrylic 12 x 16 £275

Hope Cove

Oil 15 x 15.5 £450

South Pool Sunrise

Oil 50cm x 49cm £450

Newton Ferrers from Noss Mayo

Acrylic 15 x 15 £400

 

Then, on the ‘right’ wall

Salcombe Dawn II

Oil

16 x 20

£475

 

Merlins Crossing the Bar

Oil

20 x 16

£750

 

Torcross Wave

Acrylic

14 x 18

£300

 

STEWARDING

I will be stewarding on three occasions:

  • Saturday 4 August 2-5pm
  • Sunday 5 August 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 11 August 2-5pm

 

Pop in and say hello!

 

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Merlin Rocket Week: Artist in residence at SYC

Merlin Rocket Week: 8-13 July

Of all the craft I paint, my favourite, second to the lifeboat, is the Merlin. To date, I have three finished paintings:

Merlins

Merlins - card on sale in Merlin Rocket Week

Merlins (original sold but available as a fine art greetings card)

Merlins Crossing the Bar

Merlins Crossing the Bar on sale in Merlin Rocket Week

Merlins Crossing the Bar

Watching the Merlins Race

Watching the Merlins Race on sale in Merlin Rocket Week

Watching the Merlins Race

The Merlins race in Salcombe every year. It’s a spectacular event. I’m usually there, with my camera, hoping to catch the action. Then, back home, I choose a few photos from which I’ll compose my next Merlin painting.

This year it’s different!

 

Artist in residence!

I have set up camp in the Chart Room, with my easels, my paints and brushes, and some half-finished paintings.

It has the most amazing view.View from the Chart Room

Do pop in and say hello.

I’ll have a range of (finished!) paintings on sale, limited edition prints at reduced prices, plus my fine art greetings cards: £2 each or 3 for a fiver.

 

Where is Salcombe Yacht Club?

Map

Cliff House
Cliff Rd
Salcombe
Devon
TQ8 8JQ
UK

01548 842593

 

Exhibition time: RNLI Salcombe fundraiser at Holy Trinity Church

Once again, the RNLI Salcombe Fundraisers have brought together a display of work by local artists, with a variety of styles to both view and purchase. It’s an honour for me to be invited to take part in this year’s exhibition at Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe.

 

RNLI Sale posterWhy are the RNLI Salcombe Fundraisers having an exhibition?

The Salcombe RNLI depends on fundraising!

A donation from the artists will be made to RNLI Salcombe from the proceeds of works sold throughout the exhibition.

 

How can you support this worthwhile charity?

I’ll have five original paintings on sale – all at a discounted price, to encourage you to support this worthwhile charity.

There are also limited editions prints (at discounted prices) and one special (unlimited) print of Salcombe Yacht Club.

Plus a range of my fine art greetings cards: £2 each, 3 for a fiver.

 

Where is the RNLI exhibition?

Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe.

 

When is the exhibition open?

10am until 4pm daily, 2-6 July 2018

 

Anne and I will be stewarding on the Tuesday morning from 11am. Pop in and say hello?

 

 

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Christmas Camellias

Two weeks until Christmas and the camellias are in bloom already!camelias

This photo was taken a few days ago, a few yards from the spot where you can see the magnificent view of the bell tower and out to sea, from the pathway above Salcombe Yacht Club.

 

Salcombe Yacht Club Christmas Camellias

Salcombe Yacht Club Christmas Camellias is my only ‘Christmas card’ – and it’s the carefully positioned robin which gives it the festive touch.

It’s another of what I call ‘man cards’. Blank inside. Choose your own words!

 

Where can you purchase the original Salcombe Yacht Club Christmas Camellias?

The original acrylic painting is for sale at £500 and on display at Beacon House Gallery.

 

Where can you purchase the affordable-art card version of Salcombe Yacht Club Christmas Camellias?

All of my 59 designs of cards are available at Malborough Post Office.

Selections are also available at other stockists: Bonningtons (newsagents in Salcombe), Salcombe Tourist Information Centre, Salcombe Yacht Club, Bloomers (the florist in Kingsbridge), The Gallery @ Avon Mill, and the Project Gallery (Noss Mayo).

You can also buy direct from Beacon House Gallery, and in quantity – at a reduced rate – if you’d like to use my Christmas card as your Christmas card.

Call me on 01548 844020 to discuss your requirements.

Gullet Plantation

SHAF preview: Gullet plantation

The SHAF Arts Trail is the final event of the year for me as an artist. It’s one of just two opportunities for the public to view my work in my own home, and to see me at work, albeit in a makeshift studio in my lounge.

 

Gullet Plantation

Gullet Plantation is one of five new works which will be on display – and on sale! – during the SHAF Arts Trail.

It shows the view from my studio and is named after the wood in the centre of the picture.

 

What is the SHAF Trail?

SHAF brochureThe SHAF Trail is an annual event organised by the South Hams Art Forum in which local artists open their homes, allowing visitors to see for themselves how we work, and to talk one-on-one with the artists.

Brochures giving a complete list of all the artists taking part in the SHAF Trail are available at a number of places: Salcombe Information Centre, Bonningtons the newsagents, Spar (Loring Road), Salcombe Yacht Club, …

 

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

Beacon House Gallery will be open for visitors as follows:

  • Saturday 15 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 16 October: 10am-5pm
  • Monday 17 October: 11am-3pm
  • Tuesday 18 October: CLOSED
  • Wednesday 19 October: 11am-3pm
  • Thursday 20 October: 11am-3pm
  • Friday 21 October: 11am-3pm
  • Saturday 22 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 23 October: 10am-5pm

 

WHERE IS BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

Beacon House Gallery is within my home – the hall, stairs and landing, no less. It’s not normally open to the public, except by prior arrangement. However, for the SHAF Trail, we welcome visitors during ‘opening hours’ as listed above. You don’t need to book ahead. Just turn up and you will be made very welcome.

 

DIRECTIONS TO BEACON HOUSE

As you approach Salcombe, there will be yellow posters with arrows pointing the way to Beacon House.

You could park in the park’n’walk at the top of Bonfire Hill and walk down. There might be parking spaces in Bonfire Hill alongside the allotments, or you could park on our private drive at the end of the shared drive. (Please do not park on the shared drive.)

We do not currently have access for disabled visitors – but we are having alterations made to the house over this winter so for next year’s SHAF Trail we will be able to welcome wheelchair users.

We look forward to your visit!

SHAF Trail: 15-23 October

SHAF brochureThe SHAF Trail is an annual event organised by the South Hams Art Forum – and it starts one month from today.

Local artists open their homes, allowing visitors to see for themselves how we work, and to talk one-on-one with the artists.

Brochures giving a complete list of all the artists taking part in the SHAF Trail are available at a number of places: Salcombe Information Centre, Bonningtons the newsagents, Spar (Loring Road), Salcombe Yacht Club, …

 

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT BEACON HOUSE GALLERY?

Beacon House Gallery will be open for visitors as follows:

  • Saturday 15 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 16 October: 10am-5pm
  • Monday 17 October: 11am-3pm
  • Tuesday 18 October: CLOSED
  • Wednesday 19 October: 11am-3pm
  • Thursday 20 October: 11am-3pm
  • Friday 21 October: 11am-3pm
  • Saturday 22 October: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 23 October: 10am-5pm

 

Where is Beacon house gallery?

Beacon House Gallery is within my home – the hall, stairs and landing, no less. It’s not normally open to the public, except by prior arrangement. However, for the SHAF Trail, we welcome visitors during ‘opening hours’ as listed above. You don’t need to book ahead. Just turn up and you will be made very welcome.

 

Directions to Beacon house

As you approach Salcombe, there will be yellow posters with arrows pointing the way to Beacon House.

You could park in the park’n’walk at the top of Bonfire Hill and walk down. There might be parking spaces in Bonfire Hill alongside the allotments, or you could park on our private drive at the end of the shared drive. (Please do not park on the shared drive.)

We do not currently have access for disabled visitors – but we are having alterations made to the house over this winter so for next year’s SHAF Trail we will be able to welcome wheelchair users.

We look forward to your visit!

Going, going, gone! Sold …

In the past week, I’ve sold three paintings. Going, going, gone! Sold!

057 Sunlight on Avon River72dpiRESIZEDThe first was  Sunlight on Avon River, a watercolour, and one of the few of mine to be predominantly green.

There is water, as ever, but it’s not blue, and there’s no blue sky. And no sailing craft in sight … or seagulls …

This painting has graced the walls of Beacon House Gallery for some time now. Painted in 2012,  it will be missed.

113 Dawn at South Pool Creek72dpiRESIZEDThe second sale was Dawn at South Pool Creek, an acrylic painting of the view from my studio window.

It’s rare for me to be up so early. I am a night owl and enjoy sleeping late. However, my wife, Anne, is always up before dawn and, if it’s an especially beautiful one, she will wake me. I take photos and go back to bed, and she goes back to her computer.

Last but not least to be sold: Paddling at Burgh Island – a painting which captures one sunny day when Anne and I visited her friend, Sheila, and we walked across from her house to Burgh Island.

114 Paddling at Burgh Island72dpiRESIZED

Like many of my paintings, Dawn at South Pool Creek and Paddling at Burgh Island are available as fine art greetings cards.

When the original is not square, the card image is created by cropping – and you can be seen the difference between the two if you compare the featured image (far above) with that shown immediately above. I decided to focus on the two lady paddlers and the island and to lose some of the left-hand part of the image.

 

AFFORDABLE ART

You may be surprised to know that 52 of the 127 original paintings I’ve created to date are available as a fine art greetings card.

For less than 1% of the sales price of an original, you can invest in a card. Send it to a friend or frame it for yourself. Whistlefish sell frames that fit… about £10 each.

 

Where can you buy my cards?

The complete range of cards is available at Malborough Post Office. View while you queue!

bloomers-florist-of-knigsbridge-shop-frontBonningtons (the newsagents) and Salcombe Information Centre are both a short walk from the Loft Studio and stock a range of cards.

Cards are also on sale at The Gallery Project (at Avon Mill and in Noss Mayo), and at Salcombe Yacht Club.

If you are visiting Kingsbridge, our newest stockist is Bloomers, the florists, 37 Fore Street (about half way up the hill!).

Thank you!

I painted this image more than five years ago. With all the changes along that side of the estuary, I really ought to start on another.

The original of Salcombe Yacht Club sold very quickly and it’s been popular as a fine art greetings card ever since.

Cards are usually supplied individually, with an envelope, sealed within a cellophane wrap. There is an option to buy in bulk though – unfolded cards with envelopes separately – and I was delighted to fulfill such an order recently.

Many weddings are staged at Cliff House. While the Salcombe Yacht Club occupies the left-hand half of the building, the right-hand side provides space for community activities, wedding fairs, art exhibitions, private parties and – hooray! – weddings.

One recently married couple chose the Salcombe Yacht Club card as a reminder of the majestic building where these newlyweds tied the knot and will be sending this image as a thank-you card to each of their guests.

If you plan to marry at Cliff House, maybe you’d like to bulk-buy this card? We offer favourable rates for all orders of 50 or more cards. For those who don’t normally live in Salcombe, it’s best to book in advance and arrange local collection/delivery to save on postage costs.