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Inspiration

A selection of photographs which I have been inspired to take over the years, some of which have been used in the creative process of my paintings:


 

The Lodge of St Kew on Boulevard, by architect Hans Price. This is the building that has inspired the Weston-super-Mare - Boulevard Series of paintings begun in April 2006: The first painting in the series Boulevard in Blue, can be viewed on the Originals page. A beautiful eclectic late Victorian building of local stone in Weston-super-Mare now home to the Constitutional Club. This shot was taken very early on a clear spring morning when the slanting sun created a soft but intense pearly light


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The Mercury Building on Waterloo Street in Weston-super-Mare is another masterpiece by Hans Price and faces The Lodge of St Kew from the other side of the road (spot the little dog on his early morning walk) 


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Sunrise over the Mercury Building  another view of this favourite building. In 2009, I created this digital art print, which is now reproduced on one of my greetings cards 


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Across the sand on Weston beach   on the morning I took this photograph, in early January 2006, there was a light dusting on snow on the sand.  Something in the light and the delicate colours in the sky bring to mind one of my favourite paintings - The Avenue at Middleharnis, by Meindert Hobbema, of 1689, which is in the National Gallery in London 


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Steep Holm from the beach  this was taken on the same morning as Across the sand on Weston beach.  I have been intending to create a painting from this scene for some time now ….. 


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Glasgow Architecture  this small heavy classical stone portico, part of Anderson College, contrasted behind the sharp contemporary metal railings caught my eye one day on a walk from Kelvingrove Park to Hillhead 


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Heads  by Sophie Cave at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow hanging from the ceiling in the side court Expression Gallery.  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a wonderful architectural space full of intriguing and inspiring vistas 


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The Palm House in the Kibble Palace in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens is an elegant structure and a peaceful place to sit and reflect 


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Mitchell Library, Glasgow  by William B Whitie, 1891-3.  The heavy classical entrance portico of the library on North Street, Doric in nature, contrasted against the 21st century structure with implied classical elements makes an interesting study, despite the typically dreich weather in August 2009 


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St George's Church, Tron Kirk, Glasgow  by William Stark, 1808.  This photograph taken during a visit to Glasgow in 2006 was the starting point in the creation of the five Obelisk paintings 


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Allium Seed Heads and Lavender in the Sanctuary Garden  this photograph was taken in our garden just as this lavender with its vivid dark flowers came in to bloom 


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Poppy Seed Heads in the Sanctuary Garden  these poppies self seed every year around the garden and are always a source of delight for their statuesque form, lovely flower colours, and for the seed heads


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