After a compulsory early start to Friday (waving people off to Mexico), I decided to make the most of it and travelled to Devon for the day. Devon Open Studios is in full swing, and with the Indian summer we are experiencing, it was perfect.
Exmouth beach was littered with shells as the morning tide receded, the predominant being the white bivalves which I put to good use.
After my fix of sand, I made my way toward Credington to meet Rachel Toll. Rachel paints beautiful water colours, my favourites being her animal portraits which have such energy and presence. Her style is loose and energetic with a focus on the eye, drawing the viewer in.
I am in love with one of her latest works, Otter.
Rachel put the kettle on when I arrived at her Coleford cottage and we chatted as I leafed through her collection of water colours.
Rachel was working on a red squirrel painting when I visited.
She also puts as much life into her landscape studies and it came as no surprise to hear she had sold work worldwide.
Of course, it was impossible to leave without buying one piece. Here it is, one of Rachel’s wonderful hares.