Earth Journey 2010-2015

Running Wild Moon (0)
oil on canvas. 76cm x 61cm.

Layers of fast moving cloud shroud a bronze autumn moon over the North Pennine hills.0
 
Running Wild Moon - detail (0)
oil on canvas. 0cm x 0cm.

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Source 1 Tyne River Journey (0)
Acrylic 295. 30cm x 30cm.

The river begins at Tyne Head under a waxing moon.

Haslam's of Hexham Gallery 2012.

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Source 2 Tyne River Journey (0)
Acrylic 295. 30cm x 30cm.

The river continues from Tynehead under a waning moon.

Haslamn's of Hexham gallery, 2012.

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Moorland Spate (EJ18) (2010)
Oil on board 1700. 79cm x 75cm.

The pennine way zig zags up from the valley floor at Garrigill to the moors that lead away into the watersheds of the South Tyne and Tees rivers beneath Cross Fell. This painting has changed over time corresponding with changes in my intuitive feelings of space and pictorial balance in the picture. As much a response to natural phenomena such as light, atmospheric movement and erosion as it is to aesthetic phenomena such as colour, mark and balance.
Alston art Space gallery 2012.

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The Whole of the Hill -Between 2 Bridges. (EJ 4) (0)
Acrylic on wood 1500 Framed. 92cm x 87cm.

In my imagination I rise up into the sky with the jackdaws and see the whole of the hill. Rotherhope Fell drains down into the South Tyne and Blackburn rivers. Beyond is the remote Cross Fell clad in winter snow. The river meanders between 2 bridges but don't use this painting as a map to guide you as you will quickly become disorientated.0
 
After the Rains 3, Cross Gill. (EJ 8) (0)
Acrylic on wood. 495. 52cm x 62cm.

After days of rain on the North Pennine peat moors the ground is sodden and water vapour swirls around the valleys and gullies. The fell tops peek out above the land hugging clouds.

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Waxing over Black Band, (EJ16) (2010)
Oil on canvas 495. 50cm x 40cm.

The waxing moon falls behind a cpose of sycamore trees on the slopes of Black Band above the studio. Veils of cloud and contrails obscure the moonlight. The heavens turn. Clouds come and go.

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Waxing - Over Black Band (EJ12) (0)
Acrylic on wood 550. 62cm x 52cm.

Every night I take our dog Lola for a walk along quiet dark and empty roads. Over the years I have tracked the waxing and waning of the moon through the seasons. It has great character and its mood changes from calm and serene to dramatically excited to brooding and illusive depending on the weather and time of year. The Romantic poets must have enjoyed this before the onset of electric street lighting took the edge off this drama. It is easy to see the shadow side of the moon's disc once away from the village lights. Then it feels more like a sphere hanging mysteriously in the heavens. There is one house outside the village which has a light on outside all year round. It's amazing how much even one lamp destroys one's night vision reducing the subtle shades in land and sky.0
 
Redwing, High Summer (EJ 9) (0)
Acrylic on wood. 495. 60cm x 55cm.

Redwing Chapel slowly decays among the over grown grave stones, the mature trees absorbing the rare heat of summer. The river South Tyne is full of water, shed from the high moors of Tyne Head. 3 geese guard the entrance to the graveyard whilst underground children explore the dark passages of the leadmines with orange helmets and head torches.
Floating framed in white painted beech.
Alston Artspace Gallery 2012.

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Into the Cut (EJ10) (0)
Acrylic on wood. 495. 62cm x 62cm.

Autumn rains gather in the moorland gullies and join forces to surge through the narrow gorge at Garrigil. The darkness of evening gathers among the trees along the steep banks. In dry periods children walk down this gorge with an adult guide. Occasionally the river experiences an overwhelming flood surge when thunder storms up on Cross Fell dump their load.

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Floating framed in white painted beech.0
 
Protecting Veil- varty's Field (EJ1) (0)
Acrylic on wood 450 . 57cm x 57cm.

A still hot winter day. A sea of cool mist engulfs the valley travelling up quietly but inexorably from the north. A living presence of water vapour cutting off the warmth of sunlight from skin. A blind person would 'see' this change.
Floating framed in white painted beech.

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Trickle Down (EJ 13) (0)
Oil and acrylic on board. SOLD. 48cm x 48cm.

Based on memories of Black Band leading down to river South Tyne near Garrigill. Water trickles down gullies carved through boulder clay to the fast flowing river below. A meander forms at a geological fault line. Rain clouds pass away and give way to warm sunshine. All is well.

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Moon Landing (On Scarberry Hill) (0)
Acrylic on wood SOLD Framed. 57cm x 57cm.

A new moon veiled by thin mist decends over Scarberry Hill as though about to land. The sharp light of Venus penetrates the mist below the ecliptic arc. A cold river South Tyne meanders away to the north west. The earth continues on its journey.
Floating frame in white painted beech.

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Captive Meander (EJ 5) (0)
Acrylic on wood SOLD . 43cm x 43cm.

Under Black Band the river South Tyne negotiates a step in geological formation between sandstone and limestone. The resulting meander rapidly changes after heavy rain. The afterglow of a sunset beyond the Lake District Fells microwaves the whole landscape. Floating framed in stained oak.

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Harvest Moon (EJ 11) (0)
Acrylic on wood. SOLD. 153cm x 57cm.

As the sun dips the moon rises on the opposite horizon like a see saw. Evening shadows draw out across the South Tyne Valley above Alston, hay meadows glisten in the warm air. Cross Fell, already deep in shadow, rests above the Black Burn valley. Two Jackdaws make their way back to roost.
Floating framed in white painted beech.

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The Other Side (EJ 7) (0)
Acrylic on wood. SOLD. 55cm x 97cm.

This side of the river, open fields, February snows still sheltering against walls. Over the bridge to the other side, through the meadow up the steep path through the woods where the limestone cliff hides. Over this obstacle through the stile and up the slope to High Silly Hall. Beyond to High Plains and beyond again the grey swirl of easterly clouds over Alston Moor.

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Floating framed in white painted beech.0
 
Orion Caught in 12 Branches. (EJ 2) (0)
Acrylic on wood. SOLD. 61cm x 81cm.

Midnight walk past the young and eager sycamore. Orion seemingly entangled in slender stiff branches reaching skywards. The milky way flows like a broad Amazon across the cosmos so far but close to the touch of cold fingers. Melt waters from the first heavy snows of winter career round a tight bend marked by the sycamore. Stars sparkle slightly in the turbulent water. So dark but so much light.
Floating framed on white painted beech.

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Blackburn Under Cross Fell- Flash Flood (EJ 15) (0)
Oil and Acrylic board. SOLD. 62cm x 62cm.

November rains drain off saturated peat moors around Cross Fell finding new meanders in the Black Burn vallley. Mist condensates around the west facing shoulders of the fell.
Floating framed in white painted beech. Private collection, Venezuela.

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