Often I work a few days at a time in the studio and though the work is great I do on occasion get a bit ‘stir crazy’. When I get a bit up tight I grab my box easel and go out into the hills and valleys around Pilton where I live just to paint what is in front of me.
Somerset is wonderful all year round though there is nothing like painting on a summers day. So on a hot afternoon I took the opportunity to take a quick five minute walk to the back of Pilton to a field that looks over to Glastonbury Tor on the isle of Avalon which is about six miles to the west.
From the Tors summit you can take in magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales. Excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower can be seen today.
At the foot of the Tor is the old Glastonbury abbey in the vale of Avalon. It is here that King Arthur is supposed to be buried.
Yes, painting Somerset certainly recharges the batteries.