|The Black Duck at Warbleton
As Winter fades away I found myself in the depths of the Sussex Weald . My trip took me along the narrow lanes surrounded by fields and woodland slopes to the Hamlet of Warbleton. The area has just a few old houses, a pub and a church but all full of history and character.
The church stands proud on top of the hill and close to where Richard Woodman, a wealthy farmer lived. He was one of the Sussex Martyrs that were sadly burnt at the stake at Lewes for his religious beliefs http://www.sussexmartyrs.co.uk/warbleton/
The views from the church look out over the Sussex Weald , to the west I spotted a couple of old houses nestled between the trees and freshly ploughed iron rich fields. The woodland has yet to come into leaf but Spring is arriving with blossom on the trees and freshly washed laundry hung out in the warm breeze.
"Home on the Weald"
Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
Friday 31 March 2017
Wednesday 15 March 2017
My recent explorations took me over the border into West Sussex , to the picturesque village of Steyning. A place full of interesting architecture topped off with the old Horsham stone rooftops.
|Steyning , West Sussex
The weather made it a perfect Spring day and the views went on forever!
|Views from Steyning Bowl
To the west lies the iron age fort of Cissbury Ring . Woodland slopes merge into a patchwork of patterned fields and grazing cattle and sheep.
I was fascinated just watching the farmer plough the earth whilst being besieged by flocks of seagulls in search of an easy meal !
|Seagulls flock around the plough
"On the slopes of Cissbury Ring"
Acrylic painting on canvas 24"x 18"
|"On the slopes of Cissbury Ring" Acrylic on canvas
Friday 3 March 2017
|"Blackcap" on the South Downs near Lewes, Sussex
Setting off from the outskirts of Lewes I headed west over the South Downs towards Blackcap.
It was a damp and foggy morning where the cloud covered slopes disappeared from view...
The South Downs Way . I had 2 choices, South towards Falmer or West towards Ditchling. I couldn't make up my mind so I walked a part way in each direction ....
|The South Downs Way at Blackcap
"Tracks to Blackcap"
|"Tracks to Blackcap" Acrylic painting 24"x18"