Well here we are.

After years ignoring the advice of those more experienced in this 'arty' thing and after making a plonker out of myself by asking advice about things an ill informed mollusc could work out for themselves, I have finally decided to BLOG.


This is just about me and the things that drive me to scribble on paper and splash colour on canvas.

To doodle and daub.


It's about hills, mountains, heath and woodland.

It's about walking, cycling and  travelling the green glory of the West Country.


It's about small scale adventures, minor explorations, tiny personal discoveries.


I hope to be informative and entertaining. If I'm not- apologies. If I'm wrong (I often am!) tell me!


If you want to leave a comment please DO! ...but if you want to insult (Ive seen this on other sites)..don't waste your time - I'll just ignore you. 27 years in education - I've seen it all before.




Welcome to my blog



Stormy skies over the levels.

By cobbart, May 21 2016 10:02PM

..It had been raining a bit.

..Well actually it had been raining quite a lot. And hailing. And snowing a bit too. Then there was the wind - and in between all that, a bit - just a tiny bit, of sunshine.

And I'd been getting a bit stir crazy.

Now don't get me wrong, I am quite content, at times, to flop on the sofa, stick the idiot box on and waste my day binge watching the latest transatlantic netflix chewing gum for the brain. But after a while, after too many mornings locked in horrible indecision about how to fill another grey damp day, I reached the point where I had to get out, no matter what the elements may dump on my head.

So- bike on roof. Off to my beloved Levels (oh, how I love that word - Level - no hills just long, flat, easy lanes...) for a swift 30 odd miler.

As usual - superb. A brisk wind aiding progress in one direction and causing neck straining exertion in the other, patches of sunshine and a stinging shower as I crossed the hill at Mudgley then, as the light was dimming towards premature evening and I approached the end of the round, the clouds parted and the sun, low in the sky, spotlighted through and turned everything red.


No camera.

No sketch pad.

But a glorious scene that had to be painted.

The sketch is of the tree I paused at to view the stormy sunset, done later from a photo.

The painting is how i remember the scene...it may not be fully accurate but it gets the feel and is my favourite Levels painting for some time.

May 21 2016 11:41PM by Kate James

How much are they?

May 23 2016 11:05PM by cobbart

Variable. Big uns about £300 - 400, Little uns £150 - 250 and the drawings (which need to be added to the website - yes I am a disorganised twerp- ) around the £40 - 50 mark. Negotiable!!!...sort of depends on the picture really.....I know, Ive got to sort this out....

May 24 2016 06:20AM by Fellow artist

Trying this out

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