Watercolour by Des Maxwell Clark
Last Light at Hound Tor, Dartmoor
Des Maxwell Clark
We moved to Teignmouth in 2005 after I retired and almost immediately I started painting the local landscapes. I have always enjoyed drawing and painting but had not until then had the time to develop my love of this medium further.
Teignmouth is bounded by steep hills and is set at the mouth of the River Teign which rises some 31 miles (50 km) west on Dartmoor. The seaside location of the town, the surrounding hills, the tidal estuary of the Teign and the majestic granite outcrops of Dartmoor are a constant source of inspiration for my work.
I have a preference for painting in watercolour as it lends itself to working outdoors where minimal equipment is an advantage.
Most of my finished work is done back at the studio but preliminary sketches and rough painting on site provide a much better appreciation of the atmosphere and emotional appeal of the landscape.
We sat at Hound Tor and watched the sun go down. The hills take on an orange and pink glow as the sun gets lower. I sketched the outline of the granite tor and the boulders strewn around its base.
Back in the studio I used gum arabic where the sun reflected off the edge of the tor. This makes the rock glisten just like it does when the low sun strikes the edge of the outcrop.
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