‘Devil’s Dyke’ Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 130 x 4 cm

Running along the top of Devil’s Dyke is a narrow causeway. At this time of year it is very overgrown and a rich assortment of wild flowers are in full bloom, encroaching the path on either side. As you make your way along the ridge there is a constant accompaniment of butterflies, insects and wildlife.

Devil’s Dyke is one of the best surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon earthwork in Britain. It may be significantly shorter than the more famous Offa’s Dyke, which runs (sporadically) from north to south Wales – but Devil’s Dyke is actually higher (up to 10 metres from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the bank in places) and often better preserved. There’s much of archaeological interest throughout the route, and the county council occasionally runs guided walks to highlight the archaeology of the the Dyke – there are also seven information boards dotted along it.

One local legend describes how the devil came uninvited to a wedding (perhaps at Reach church) and was, as a result, chased away by the unimpressed guests. In anger he stormed off and formed the groove of Devil’s Dyke with his fiery tail.

Source: The Guardian

July 10 th – July 11th 11 am to 6pm

Come and visit my working studio in Ely this weekend. I am studio 120 in the Cambridge Open Studios 2021 APP. Abstract and expressive paintings on canvas and paper. Download the app here: http://www.atlas-live.com/cos. Everyone welcome to just have a look and taslk about art and photography.

‘Towards The Light’ Oil & Cold Wax on Canvas 100 x 70 x4 cm

‘Carnival’ Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 100 x 4cm
‘Trace Memory’ Acrylic on Canvas 150 x 100 x 4cm

In painting, unconventional materials generate unexpected effects and unpredictable outcomes. They interact in interesting ways. The control offered by conventional artists’ paints and equipment can be reassuring but also a creative strait jacket.  Knowing in advance what you will get can lead to conformity and the realisation of preconceived ideas. Deploying different materials is a high risk strategy but it opens up new possibilities, techniques and ways of seeing.

This is a 100 x 100 cm mixed media painting on canvas.