Artist in Residence – Peter Baker ASGFA at Meeth Quarry

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Meeth Quarry Works 1

Meeth Quarry Works 1 – pen, ink and wash 43 x 33 cm

Meeth Quarry Works 2

Meeth Quarry Works 2 – pen, ink and wash 33 x 43 cm

When Peter Baker moved to the village of Meeth in 2012 he found a muse at the bottom of his garden. 

The Tarka Trail — part of the Devon Coast-to-Coast Cycle Route — runs alongside Peter’s new house, and beyond the back garden fence lies the 150-hectare Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve. Two large lakes in the reserve were once massive stone and clay quarries. Its numerous ponds originally allowed china clay to ‘settle’ out of waste water, and these in turn were connected by ditches and sluices.

Peter took up his sketchbook and began to explore the lakes, paths, woodlands and abandoned structures of the reserve. Soon the reserve would become almost a second home.

Ash Moor - pen, ink and watercolour wash  19 x 28 cm

Ash Moor – pen, ink and watercolour wash 19 x 28 cm

Meeth Quarry, Autumn - pen, ink and wash  33 x 43 cm

Meeth Quarry, Autumn – pen, ink and wash 33 x 43 cm

The quarry had ceased operations in 2004. Seven years later it was reopened as a wildlife reserve under the management of Devon Wildlife Trust. Peter moved to Meeth the same year, and before long the Trust had appointed him to serve as Artist in Residence.

Blue Nocturne

Blue Nocturne – pen, ink and wash 19 x 28 cm

Bridleway Bridge - pen, ink and wash

Bridleway Bridge – pen, ink and wash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter has spent a year drawing on site, studying the changing atmosphere of the reserve through the seasons and in all kinds of weather. He has used his field drawings to develop studio paintings that are part of his latest Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve portfolio, on show  at Salar Gallery in Hatherleigh from 17th July until 13th September 2014. 

The Long Pond - acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm

The Long Pond – acrylic on canvas 50 x 40 cm

The Lost Pond - acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

The Lost Pond – acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Winter Flooding - acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Winter Flooding – acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Bend in the River - acrylic on canvas  40 x 50 cm

Bend in the River – acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

The Small Pond - acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

The Small Pond – acrylic on canvas 40 x 50 cm

Profile of the artist

Peter Baker ASGFA was born in Rochford, Essex in 1948. His outstanding talent as an artist was evident when Peter was a child. At age ten he exhibited at the Mall Galleries, and when he was 15 Peter won a scholarship to study graphic design, illustration and printmaking at Hornsey College of Art. He went on to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Peter has exhibited paintings and drawings in galleries and one/two-man exhibitions ever since.

Peter’s art also features in many private collections in the UK. He trained as a teacher of art at Bath College of Higher Education and then at Bristol University, and taught drawing and painting in schools and community education with South Devon College. Peter was elected an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art in 2010. For more about Peter and his art please visit his web site http://www.pabaker.co.uk

Devon Wildlife Trust http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh http://www.bohdgaya.net/salar

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About Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Artist: I draw. Land planner: I was. Urban Sketcher: I am. SocietyofGraphicFineArt - The Drawing Society: I belong.
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14 Responses to Artist in Residence – Peter Baker ASGFA at Meeth Quarry

  1. papgitta says:

    thank you. 🙂

  2. brigdale says:

    these are the most beautiful ratings, what a nice piece for the journal .
    Thank you Cynthia

  3. brigdale says:

    sorry paintings and drawings, predictive text is awful !

  4. huntemma says:

    Reblogged this on huntemmalogblog and commented:
    I wanted to reblog tis post from SGFA Journal that show cases the work of Peter Baker. I am so impressed by the pen and ink drawing. I have never seen anything quite like it using what I had thought to be a fairly limited media. It just shows what you can achieve with experimentation, hard works and skill. Beautiful work, very inspiring.

    • Emma, thank you for taking the trouble to reblog Peter’s story, which deserves a wider audience. I’ve alerted Peter to your appreciative words!

      • huntemma says:

        Hi Cynthia,
        I don’t often reblog but I thought these where exceptional and I was surprised the brown studies where made in ink as they are so delicate and atmospheric.
        On a further note I do enjoy the SGFA Journal posts. The work is always interesting and inspiring.
        Thanks for posting.
        Emma

    • Thank you Emma I am glad that you like the drawings, the secret is ‘not what you put into a picture but what you leave in it’ Turner said that most of his paint ended up on the studio floor and very few Tutors show how to remove media to create depth and atmosphere nowadays, best regards, Peter.

      • huntemma says:

        Hi Peter,
        Thanks for the tip. I will have to do some experimenting myself to try to put into practice what you suggest.
        I look forwards to seeing more of your beautiful drawings and paintings in future SGFA Journal posts.

  5. Jo Hall says:

    Beautiful, atmospheric drawings; thank you Peter and what a great place to be artist in residence.! Thanks Cynthia for writing about Peter and drawing our attention to the Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve.

    • Jo, it was a pleasure to edit Peter’s story. By the time the article was published I felt as if I’d been to Meeth Quarry Reserve!

    • Hi Jo, a great place to work indeed, I am very lucky as none of the events of the last year were planned! Thank you for your kind comments, it is nice to know that I can show my artwork to other artists and share these wonderful scenic nature reserves. I think that Cynthia designed a very good and professional article…….Best regards, Peter.

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