Journal

Events. Sketches. Work.

Preparing for my largest exhibition yet

Preparing for my largest exhibition yet

It’s always an exciting time when a painting is finished, so it’s great to get the first of the west Dorset paintings finally done. Currently, I’ve got everything for the October exhibition hanging in my studio waiting for the final touches to get ready for the show. This painting of Lyme bay, has been a […]

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Jurassic Coast Art Project Resumes for 2018

Jurassic Coast Art Project Resumes for 2018

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog and I’ve got plenty of progress to report. The second year of the Jurassic coast art project is progressing very well with many of the major paintings well under way in the studio. I spent the early part of the year exploring the west Dorset […]

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Jurassic Coast Artist Turns to Dorset

The exhibition in Sidmouth is now over, and the studio has been cleared, painted and it’s ready for the next year’s work. Setting up for the exhibition at Kennaway House now seems a long time ago and the success of the show has temporarily hidden that “what if nobody buys my work” feeling, that I suspect all artists secretly […]

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“Challenging, frustrating & difficult”

“Challenging, frustrating & difficult”

“People often ask me if I find painting relaxing, and when I answer ‘no’ it seems to be quite unexpected”. I’ve always found painting and drawing one of the most challenging, frustrating and difficult things I do. It’s very rare that a painting comes together without the usual intense decision-making, hard work and the inevitable […]

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Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

The seasons are rapidly changing on the Jurassic Coast. This has always been a favourite time of year for me, and as an artist, it’s always a great time to photograph and sketch outdoors. The new growth gives the landscape vibrant colours and a fresh look that’s difficult to find at any other time of […]

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Jurassic Coast Artist Collaboration Takes Shape

Jurassic Coast Artist Collaboration Takes Shape

Colin Bentley is working on a three-year art project in collaboration with the Jurassic Coast Trust. In the latest of his monthly blogs, Colin shares his experiences creating artwork with the help of the Trust’s local Ambassadors. It’s been a busy and very exciting month working on the Jurassic Coast Art Project. I’ve started some of the […]

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Jurassic Coast | The first work

Jurassic Coast | The first work

The sea has always been a major part of my life and painting the coastline is an important aspect of my artwork. I’ve spent time painting in Cornwall and most of Devon, but the Jurassic coast is an area that I haven’t explored enough. The geology has always fascinated me but it’s something I’ve got […]

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The Journal begins

After studying a Fine Art Painting degree in the mid nineties Colin has constantly tried to capture the incredibly beautiful coastline and countryside that he see’s around him. Spending a vast amount of time running and kayaking along the South West coastline allows him to witness the ever changing light and colour of land and sea. The sea […]

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