Somerset artist David Brayne

Today, our bnb host Diane Milstein, also a wonderful painter and musician, took us to a juried exhibit at Millfield School in Street, the next town over from Glastonbury. The stand out artist for me was David Brayne, a local artist who paints simple landscapes inspired by the sea and land. I was attracted by the worked over and distressed surface, plus the delicate colors and detail. I also love the shapes he uses, like the rounded boat hulls. They are somewhat childlike and full of wonder at the world.  I also enjoy the flatness of his scenes, which give them an abstract quality. To see more of his work visit

White Net, acrylic and pigment

White Net, acrylic and pigment

Kindred Spirit

For the last few years, ever since I started painting scenes of ancient sacred sites, I have been looking for other artists who are also drawn to those places. Jane Tomlinson is a painter who lives in Oxfordshire, England. I found her while searching through a website for megalithic sites in Britain, The Modern Antiquarian. Her paintings are beautiful and vibrant, and include a vast number of subjects, but I was especially interested in how she portrayed ancient sites. Here is her watercolor painting called All the Kings Men at Rollright. I love the contrast between the dark and dramatic background, and the grey stones in the foreground. It reminds me of my painting of Swinside Circle with the wide format and the stones taking center stage.

All the Kings Men   at Rollright , by Jane Tomlinson

All the Kings Men at Rollright, by Jane Tomlinson