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Passing Storm

We had some amazing light under the passing storm clouds last week. Here are a couple of photos taken when I was out painting above the Box Valley in Suffolk.


Below, is a photo of the passing storm clouds that I have pasted to the picture I was painting at the time. You can click on the images to enlarge them. It’s interesting for me to look back and see how they compare. If you look closely you can see the rain drops on the painting.

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The painting was oil on board, 12×16 inches.

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Plein Air 2013

The 3rd annual Plein Air Brotherhood exhibition opens on Sunday 27th October.

Do come along and meet the artists, look at some great paintings, share a glass of wine and maybe buy a picture.

PAB invitation 2013There will be plenty of new paintings by the members: Adebanji Alade, Antony Bridge, Roy Connelly, John Dobbs, David Pilgrim and Karl Terry. This year we are joined by a couple of guest artists – our friends, Tony Dakin and Graham Webber.

The Third Annual Plein Air Brotherhood Exhibition

The exhibition runs from 27th Oct – 9th Nov 2013
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.15–5.30. Thursday 9.15–2.00, 6.00–8.00
Friday & Saturday 9.15–5.30. Sunday & Monday Closed

A selection of paintings from the exhibition can be viewed at

A & K Wilson Gallery Ltd,
11 Station Approach, Harpenden,
Herts. AL5 4SP
Tel: 01582 760824 E-mail:

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Ronald Blythe at 90

Ronald Blythe and Victoria Connelly

This week Ronald Blythe, the renowned writer on English country life, turned 90.  Last week we were lucky enough to be invited for tea at his wonderful home in the Stour Valley.  He lives in a 17th century yeoman’s cottage that was previously the home of the painter John Nash.

As a writer Victoria was keen to talk to him about his books and you can read her Interview with Ronald Blythe on her blog.

Photo: Ronald Blythe and Victoria Connelly. Photo by Roy Connelly.



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Flights of Angels – Cover Art

I have  just designed a new cover for the romantic comedy Flights of Angels.

Flights of Angels is, as you have probably realised, by my wife, Victoria Connelly. It was originally published in Germany where it was a bestseller and it was later was adapted into a film for SAT1 television.

A scene from Himmlischer Besuch für Lisa.

Although written in English it has only been available in German until now. You can download the English version from Amazon – Flights of Angels

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A day by the coast

Rye Harbour, oil painting by Roy ConnellyRye Harbour, oil on board, 8×10 inches.

Rye Harbour summer afternoon, oil painting by Roy ConnellyRye Harbour – Summer Afternoon, oil on board, 6 x 10 inches

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Five minute sketch at Rye HarbourA five minute sketch in oil on board. 6×8 inches

At the weekend Karl Terry invited a group of friends to join him for a day’s painting. He arranged access to a private stretch of the river at Rye in East Sussex then, in the evening, showed off his skills at the barbeque.

The 5 minute sketch above was the result of a challenge.  We all went over the time limit – this one took me about 10 minutes.


Thanks Karl 🙂

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Island Fine Arts

I visited the Isle of Wight earlier this week to deliver a collection of recent paintings to Island Fine Arts in Bembridge.

After dropping off the pictures there was just time to paint the view from Culver Down, before having a fish and chip supper and catching the ferry home.  It would have been  nice to have stayed longer.

Rye Harbour

Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the paintings on the front page of the gallery website.  Rye Harbour, shown above, is in oil on board and measures 12 x 12 inches.  It was painted on location in the fading light just after sunset.

You can find Island Fine Arts at: 53 High Street, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5SE. Tel: 01983 875 133  and at the Affordable Art Fair 22-25 October, in Battersea Park, London. Stand E6

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Notting Hill Book Launch

Yesterday was spent away from painting if you don’t count preparing 30 of the 50 panels and canvases for my next painting trip.

Victoria and I went to Notting Hill for the London launch of her novel  Molly’s Millions. The evening was a great success.  The paperback sold out completely – they even took down the window display and sold those too.

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