Art, Stories, Poems and Quotes …

Every Picture tells a Story …

Day 7 – Escapism …It is so easy for an artist to escape to anywhere in the world through their art. If you love Italy then I hope you enjoy this watercolour.

Whether it be Venice, Rome or any of the many wonderful places Italy has to offer you will always find yourself in a magical square at some stage of your visit. Italy has so much to offer the visitor and so much to offer the artist. I hope I have captured a flavour of Italy in this original Watercolour for you.

“THE CREATOR MADE ITALY BY DESIGNS FROM MICHELANGELO.” – MARK TWAIN

Escapism : Original Watercolour by myself Keith Tunnicliffe : Framed 500×500 : £125 plus £15 Post/Pack [NB: Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 6 – Escape to the Coast … It doesn’t always have to be a real view it can be a view in your mind. This original, playful watercolour hopefully captures the colours and the vibrancy of a coastal estuary to take your mind away from the grey days of a winter in lockdown. 

We love that trip to the Coast and that special moment when we first glimpse the sea. Wondering down the steep lanes lined with character cottages as we take in the atmosphere. We all have a special place and we all picture in our heads where we would like to be. Don’t you just love our UK Coast and Countryside? 

A cursory glance at the morning post … A pointless walk along the coast … That’s what floats my boat the most … That’s where the sea comes in … John Cooper Clarke 

Escape to the Coast : Original Watercolour by myself Keith Tunnicliffe : Framed 500×400 : £140 plus £15 Post/Pack [NB: Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 5 – Crows or Rooks … Some say “a crow in a crowd is a rook and a rook on its own is a crow” Crows are largely seen on their own while rooks are sociable and nest communally. I have captured a pair in linocut frantically playing in a tree. 

My attention was drawn to them by that ‘Caw’ they make and there were several flying in and out of the branches. It is also said that the ‘caw’ cry is often the only bird song heard on autumn and winter fields. I often wonder where we get the collective ‘A Murder of Crows’ …

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued … Robert Frost

Crows or Rooks : Original Linocut by myself Keith Tunnicliffe : Framed 500×500 : £140 plus £15 Post/Pack [NB: Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 4 – Inner Harbour … This viewpoint from the quayside in Brixham has always captivated me. The composition, the colours and the sky change ever changing by the minute … 

There are many wonderful scenes on our UK Coast creating inspiration for artists and the South West has so many to choose from. I have never ceased to be inspired by the views when strolling from Berry Head to Fishcombe Cove through this bustling fishing port. I hope you enjoy this loose watercolour which is now available. 

Peaceful and tranquil the boats in the harbour, 
There is a trawler that’s tied to the quay, 
Drying its nets at the end of its journey, 
Ready to sail on the high morning sea … Andrew Blakemore 

Inner Harbour : Original Watercolour by myself Keith Tunnicliffe : Framed 500×500 : £140 plus £15 Post/Pack [NB: Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 3 – Back home … For my third artwork I have captured a late evening shot of Fishing Trawlers moored up after days at sea. 

This scene has been extremely popular with lovers of our UK Coast and is inspired by the wonderful atmosphere of the fish quay in Brixham. It is extremely dangerous at sea in rough weather and to see the boats returning makes the heart sing. This original linocut is now available. 

Salt is the breath of ocean slopes and fresher blows the breeze, 
And swifter still each bounding keel cuts through the combing seas, 
Athwart our masts the shadows of the dipping sea-gulls float, 
And all the water-world’s alive when the fishing boats go out. Lucy Maud Montgomery 

Back home : Original Linocut : Framed 500×500 : £140 plus £15 Post/Pack [NB: Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 2 – Swallows … For my second artwork I am featuring this lovely pair of Swallows swooping over the Old Walls Vineyard in Devon. 

These beautiful birds were captured before preparing to migrate. Flying about restlessly over the vines at this wonderful location where we had a great day out. Most leave the area during September but a few stragglers may hang around into October. We were lucky to see them and their presence inspired me to create this original linocut as one of a series of four. The pink sky version has already sold and I am now offering this artwork to swallow lovers. 

A bow across the sky
Another in the river,
Whence swallows upward fly,
Like arrows from a quiver.

John B. Tabb

Swallows over Old Walls Vineyard : Original Linocut : Framed 500×500 : £175 plus £15 Post/Pack 

[Text does not appear on original artwork]

Day 1 – Abandoned Twice … Throughout February I will be featuring and making available original artworks together with a short story showing the inspiration for the work. 

First up is this lovely Greyhound abandoned once and rescued from Battersea Dogs Home, lucky chap. I was commissioned to create this original linocut to capture him for his owners. However, for the first time in my long history of art and despite many wonderful comments from the owners, very disappointingly the artwork was not collected. The work has had some great comments on social media including the trustees at Battersea and is now available to buy.

As a tribute to Max I will be pleased to make a donation to Battersea Dogs Home on completion of the sale. 

Greyhound Max : Original Linocut : Framed 500×500 : £140 plus £15 Post/Pack

Published by Keith Tunnicliffe

Linocut Artist

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