From the Torridge To The Sea….

Oil on Canvas – 40 cm long

The River Torridge is a river in Devon in England. It was the home of Tarka the Otter in Henry Williamson’s book. The Torridge local government district is named after the river.

The river rises close to the border with Cornwall (north of the source of the River Tamar 1. It flows generally east, passing between East Putford and West Putford, and near Bradford it is joined by the River Waldon, then heads east past Black Torrington and Sheepwash. It is joined by the River Lew near Hatherleigh, and then by the River Okement near Meeth.

It then flows northwards, picking up the River Mere south of Beaford. After this it makes tight bends, and goes past Little Torrington and Great Torrington heading generally north-west. It is joined by the River Yeo at Pillmouth, and then becomes estuarine by Bideford. Between Appledore and Instow it joins the estuary of the River Taw.

The Tarka Trail walking and cycle route partly follows the course of the North Devon Railway, which, for a considerable distance, closely followed the line of the river. Around Bideford the railway crossed from one bank to the other, and the Trail provides a good vantage point for viewing the river.

This view of the estuary as it turns out toward the Atlantic ocean, was painted on the spot just off the Tarka trail….at the river bank.


appledore, bisefor, instow, torridge, oils

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  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 4 years ago

    This is lovely Simon – such a great spot and I particularly love the movement you have achieved in the sky.

  • Thank you Anna, I love this view of the river…. I must get out more often! x

    – Simon Groves

    WOBBLYMOLalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful mood, great work Simon

  • Thank you Loraine…its been a while since I uploaded a new oil painting…

    – Simon Groves

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    I love the simplicity of this yet there feels so much impact on the senses

  • Thank you Lina…I lose so much technique outdoors… the painting becomes “light based” and I forget so much detail , automatically.

    – Simon Groves

  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodalmost 4 years ago

    oooo really good Simon x how do you manage to get a painting on cavas on your pc, do you scan it? tell me if I’m being a bit of a thicko lol xx

  • This was scanned Trish, the printer we have doubles as a scanner too…bit like the old fashioned photocopier (amazing) and yet most of my work I photograph…set my compact camera on a tripod to stop “shake” and then in Photoshop I use the “distort” settings to restore the shape of the canvas in the photgraph of it…to what the ACTUAL canvas proportions are…..

    so scan or photograogh-and-photyoshop is the answer….. Thank you Trish xx

    I would say you are bright!!! x

    – Simon Groves

  • my typing!!!

    – Simon Groves

  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks Simon, yes I’ve got one of them printer/scanners. Now I know lol xx

  • ok so yeah, just scan and once on your computer, have the original in front of you, and make the image as much like the original as you can using photoshop adjustment… or Bryce or whichever programme…. :) x

    – Simon Groves

  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodalmost 4 years ago

    Ok Simon, thanks loads for you advise, I’ll have to have a go at painting out on the street, no nice views for me x

  • Get thee on a bus lass! Though street paintings can be good…parks.. x

    – Simon Groves

  • Ivana Redwine
    Ivana Redwinealmost 4 years ago

    Well done!

  • thank you Ivana, it was such a grey day! Now for some colourful landscapes I think.

    – Simon Groves

  • Cameron  Allen Lamond
    Cameron Allen...almost 4 years ago

    Simon, love the movement in this. Very Turneresque.

  • thank you Lamondo! :)

    – Simon Groves

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsalmost 4 years ago

    This is wonderful work!!!

  • Thank you very much Lynn!!

    – Simon Groves

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 4 years ago

    Simon this is outstanding! I love the mood and feel of this image! Vague yet so much to see! Brilliant work my friend! Your work really does mirror your beautiful soul.

  • Awww Robin you could melt the jacket of a man in a blizzard! :) thank you for such a lovely comment!

    – Simon Groves

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