Devon Open House Studios

Emerging artist award winner

Established Devon artist, Belinda Reynell, invites you into her studio/local gallery to view her new work this year in the forthcoming county-wide arts event, Devon Open Studios.

It is the largest showcase for artists in the county and Belinda Reynell will be joining hundreds of artists opening their doors for 16 days from 9th –24th of September 2017.

Harbour boats
Harbour boats 2

Belinda will be taking part for the first time, and is looking forward to her part of the event held at Dairy Cottage, Crazelowman, Tiverton, EX16 7DG. Belinda returned to painting two or three years ago after initially studying Illustration at Chelsea School of Art and Brighton University. Living in Devon she was inspired to paint again by the local landscapes and seascapes and fell in love with oils as a medium.

Painting is a part of Belinda’s everyday life in Devon and she is inspired by the atmospheres and emotions created by the beautiful landscapes and seascapes around her. “I strive to portray my emotions that I feel being in all these stunning locations by using various techniques to create textures, with brushes, palette knives, toothbrushes and even surfing combs!”


Belinda is one of five artists that won Emerging Artists awards this year.

Visiting Devon Open studio is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works and have the chance to speak to them directly about the creative process. The interaction between artists and viewer creates opportunities that support every stage of artistic production and development.

Belinda Reynell is looking forward to the show and hopes that Devon Open Studios will help raise her profile. Free to the public, the event provides a unique chance to see the new work.


Devon Open Studios produces a comprehensive guide to help visitors plan their own art trail and combine browsing art with enjoyment of the county’s fantastic scenery. The guide can be downloaded from the Dan website and FREE copies of the guide are now available at tourist information centres, libraries, galleries, and hotels.

DOS is a premier event of Devon Artist Network Ltd (DAN), which promotes, celebrates and champions the arts in Devon. It is a membership organisation set up to create opportunities, events, exhibitions and support for artists and makers in Devon and has over a thousand members. Devon Artist Network boasts an amazing array of artists working at the very highest quality across a wide range of genres and mediums. The website enables one to search for a particular artist, genre or simply browse through the wonderful art on display – an indispensable resource for art buyers and enthusiasts.

Devon Artists Network Bursary

Very pleased and excited to have been awarded one of the Emerging Artist Bursaries for the Devon Artists Network for Devon Open Studios 2017. The open studios will run from Saturday 9th September to the 24th September. I’ll be exhibiting my work at my home studio at Dairy Cottage, Crazelowman, Tiverton, EX16 7DG during these dates. Come and have a look at my paintings and have a cup of tea and if you’re lucky a piece of cake!

Painting on the beach. Photo by Matt Austin

DevongroupSalcomelrWinning artists! Photo by Matt Austin

The Abstract Award

Very very excited that I won the Abstract Painting Award a couple of weeks ago at my local art society. My kids were very impressed that I won a cup! It’s normally them bringing home the silver for various sporting activities. Here’s the painting that got the award.

Boat in Storm
Boat in a Storm

Atmospheric Abstract Landscapes

My first blog for a very long time I realised, the last one was last November so apologies. I’ve been too busy enjoying painting. I’m really finding it very liberating working in more of an abstract way still with oils but focussing on atmosphere and colour predominantly. Here is one of the first paintings I did with this in mind. Hope you like it.

On the water's edge
On the Water’s Edge SOLD


My fastest painting to sell so far. I went for a walk a couple of weeks ago on the Cornish Coast whilst visiting my parents and got inspired again by the beautiful Lantic Bay beach. I’ve known this beach all my life and it always takes my breath away and always looks different. This painting was a result of the walk and was sold before the paint was dry.

Lantic Bay SOLD

Surfing with the kids

During the summer holidays the kids got really into surfing at Saunton Sands in Devon, so having spent quite a lot of time there I felt inspired to paint. These are a couple of little oil paintings. The sea disappears off into the distance and the reflection left on the sand is beautiful.

Stormy Weather

Lantivet is one of my favourite beaches and I never get bored of painting it. I have done quite a few now! This one is quite a large painting and I just really enjoyed the texture and the colours. I’m hoping one day I might go down there and the sun will be out!

Lantivet bay
Lantivet on a stormy day

Readymoney Beach

I’ve visited this beach my whole life. It is situated right at the end of Fowey in Cornwall heading towards the coastal path. To me it’s nostalgic and a beautiful spot especially in the winter. I painted this last week from a photograph I took over the half term. I love the colours and the view of Polruan in the distance.


Changing Light

The more I paint the more I become aware of the changing light of seascapes throughout the year. Particularly the colour of the sea has so many variations. It can be a deep deep azure blue in the summer to a pewter grey in the winter and all the colours in between. Here are 2 paintings. The first one is a coastal painting near St Ives in the summer (the sun was actually shining) with intense greens and blues. The second painting is Lantivet at Christmas on a grey day painted with lovely soft muted colours. They are so different but I love the colours in both.