Welcome to my new website of Dartmoor and other landscape paintings that will hopefully
compliment my other website of Seascapes and coastal pictures.
In the course of time I will be adding new pictures to this website so keep a lookout
for that special view that you always wanted on your wall!
I have tried to make this new site as enjoyable and easy to use as possible. The
pictures of course take centre stage and I have endeavoured to make them as large
and clear as possible. I have also added the feature of showing the prints in the
different frames. I hope this will make your choice of frame a lot easier.
Of course, if you wish to contact me about anything I will be more than happy to
My goodness. A year has gone by without an update. Too busy painting. I’m currently
working on a double triptych which is a massive project which will take years not
months. With the demise of most of my galleries I am now free to pursue exciting
new projects that will really push me. The manacles are off and I have such a lot
to paintings to create before I end up on the proverbial compost heap.
Steward Woodland Community
Talking of compost heaps and my semi woodland living I heard via an email of the
demise/destruction of the Steward Community Woodland on Dartmoor. These lovely folk
have been living in their wood for many, many years in low impact dwellings and showing
the rest of us how to live a gentle impact life without resorting to trashing the
planet. After all these years Dartmoor National Park Authority has finally got its
way and turfed them out and into the world of sapien monoculture. Sad, sad,sad.
I reproduce a few photos of this Community on my website as a lasting memory to these
people and their living home. I finish with a photo of the new development a mile
or two up the road in Moretonhampstead, Darmoor.
Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (a stone’s throw from Steward Wood)
31st March 2017
Thirty years ago today I gave up my job and walked out of an office to become a
full time artist. It was simply the best and most rewarding thing I ever did…….and
The Fate of an Artist……
Is this my destiny as I become old & grey working in my artists garret?
I continue to paint a work that I have meant to do some years ago but have only finally
got down to it recently. It’s certainly not a painting the public will want to buy
but that's what being an artist is. However in conjunction with this I have been
on Dartmoor and have become very excited about a place I visited. I was working
out dimensions, making the canvas and painting the composition earlier in the week.
It will now be on hold till I complete the other painting. What are these paintings?
I will reveal all when they are complete!
All painting came to a halt yesterday as I picked the plums growing outside my bedroom
window. Yes, I know it sounds decadently romantic but it is the ideal place as it
is in full south facing sun - perfect for ripening. So I spent most of the day harvesting
, stoning and preserving. They look so delicious in the jars I have taken a photograph
of them in the bedroom window with the plum espalier outside.
After providing a wonderful service through their excellent gallery, Tony & Audrey
Whitehead of Mayfower Galleries in Tavistock have finally retired so ending a long
era of selling my artwork in Tavistock. This is particulary sad with it being my
‘home town’ and the base with which I started my career. There doesn’t seem to be
a suitable replacement yet but I am keeping alert to any possibilities in the town
and will keep you updated on this website if there is any good news. In the meantime
if there is any painting or print that you might need do feel free to contact me
direct so I can help you in any way.
I recently completed a painting I have been working on for several months. It is
a seascape with 25 gulls & a shag in it. There is a lot of movement and activity
in the painting hence why it took so long.
In the meantime I came across this portrait I did of a small Lurcher many decades
ago. When establishing myself as an artist I frequently did animal portraits to earn
Lurcher painting by David William Young
New Print release for Okehampton
The East Okement River, Halstock Wood
I have just released this print from my oil painting of the East Okement on Dartmoor.
It should be of particular interest for anyone living in the Okehampton area as this
beautiful river with its ancient woodland is a popular walk within easy reach of
This print of the East Okement, will be available shortly from the Okehampton Photo
Centre art gallery or can be bought directly from this website.
I am currently working on a seascape with at least two dozen seagulls and a shag
in it. I am just this minute having a break from it as it a tough struggle to get
what I want (as was ever thus). The light is variable today which is an improvement
on the last couple of days which have been dire. The bain of every artists life is
painting in bad light. My favourite time of day for the light is early evening but
at this time of year that is such a fleeting moment before darkness follows.
At least is has been so extraordinarily mild. No freezing in the Studio yet. Being
so mild has led to some remarkable sights. Last week on November 2nd I saw a Swift
flying over Plymouth. The wildlife experts think it must have been a ‘Pallid Swift’.
Pallid or our common Swift it was still a remarkable sighting as they are usually
one of our first migrants to leave for the south, usually in August.
I went down to Mayflower Arts on the Barbican, Plymouth this week armed with with
two Dartmoor paintings under my arms. Both of them feature a Hawthorn as their subject
but both are entirely different in their character. They are now on show at the Gallery
so feel free to go down and have a look at them. They are both for sale. For enquiries
go to Mayflower Arts.
Hawthorn in a Dartmoor Sunset by David William Young. Original oil painting for viewing
& sale at Mayflower Arts.
May Blossom, Dartmoor by David William Young. Original oil painting for viewing &
sale at Mayflower Arts.
Today I am not an artist, nor a gardener, nor a house builder but a cook. The greenhouse
is full of tomatoes that have only narrowly survived this years blight. So I went
and picked them this morningand made them all into soup. I added apples, basil,
tomatillos, parsley, fennel seeds, nasturtiums, coriander, curry powder, salt and
pepper. After chaos in the kitchen in which I had to use 3 pressure cookers and a
large frying pan on my small Rayburn I finally procured 17 half litre kilner jars
of very tasty tomato soup to help me through the dark winter days . Crazy, I will
never make a living as an artist. (But would I be happy going to the supermarket
and buying 17 tins of Heinz Tomato soup?)
I am currently working on my crumbling cottage before the Winter gales blow their
icy tentacles through my draughty hovel. Hence my latest painting awaits my attention
on its easel.
In the meantime here is a photo of my neighbours sharing my garden produce.
I have just started exhibiting my paintings at a new gallery in Plymouth, Devon.
What was Armada Gallery in Plymouths famous Barbican area, is now under new ownership
under the name of Maylower Arts and is being run in the capable and very friendly
hands of Zuzana and James. They have revamped the gallery and it now displays a
wide range of high quality work.