In my one-man show in the Little Studio of the Loft Gallery, three images of Batson will be on display.
As you walk the short distance from Salcombe to Batson, you’ll see the view that inspired me to try to capture this idyllic setting. Ebb Tide at Batson Creek leaves moored craft on the mud bathed in warm sunlight near an old boat house sheltered by trees. Isn’t it beautiful?
At the top of Batson Creek, a collection of thatched cottages delight the eye. They sit around a triangle of grass complete with its old-fashioned telephone box. (At least, the phone box was there, the last time I visited!) The reflections of these cottages in the water only serve to enhance the tranquility of the scene, and this inspired me to paint Reflections at Batson.
If you continue to walk, up and around to the right, towards Snapes Manor, you’ll discover a small beach. Dappled Light III (the featured image far above) shows a stranded boat under the shadow of trees waiting for another tide while the sunlight leaks through the canopy above, creating dappled patterns on both the beach and the boat.
I produced three versions of Dappled Light: a watercolour, an acrylic and this one in oil. Each presented different challenges. The other two are sold already, although Dappled Light I is available as a fine art greetings card, as are Reflections at Batson, and Ebb Tide at Batson Creek.
If you visit the show, and like these paintings but can’t afford the originals, the cards are on sale nearby: at Bonningtons, the newsagents, and at the Salcombe Information Centre, and elsewhere too.
When is the show?
My week at the Little Studio in the Loft Gallery is from Sunday 29 May until Saturday 4 June. The Loft Gallery, the home of Salcombe Art Club, is open from 11am until 5pm each day.
Where is the Loft Gallery?
The Loft Gallery is situated behind the Fortescue Inn, and above a popular shoe shop, on a delightful footpath called Victoria Quay, which overlooks one of the best views in the UK including the mooring berth of the RNLI lifeboat Baltic Exchange III.
When will I be there to greet you?
I will be stewarding at the Loft Gallery all day on Sunday 29 May and from 2pm on Saturday 4 June. I hope you see you there!