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Barbados in original Watercolour Paintings by Steve Bonner

Watercolour painting of a dilapidated Barbados chatel house

'New Slant on an Old Case Study'

by Steve Bonner

This old case house is perched by the side of the road just before it plunges down to Tent Bay on the East Coast of Barbados. I'm almost as proud of the title as I am of the painting having managed to include far more puns in just one line than is entirely respectable - five by my reckoning! -SB.

Did you know that in 1649, South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled by Barbadians, and its first Governor was a Barbadian.

Watercolour painting of a beach hut at Bathsheba in Barbados Watercolour painting of a house, a palm tree, & an agarve in Barbados

Barbados. The most westerly of the Windward Islands doesn’t, properly speaking, have a Caribbean coast. It’s completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

Watercolour painting of Chalky Mount on Barbados' East Coast

When the British first settled Barbados in 1625, it was found to be almost totally covered in dense jungle, and had a very large population of wild pigs. Regrettably all have since been eaten. Very tasty too no doubt.

It is believed that the grapefruit was created in the Welchman Hall Gully region sometime in the 1700’s.  It’s a cross between the pommelo and the sweet orange.  It was exported to Florida in the 1800’s, spread to the rest of the world, and has never looked back.

'The Ultimate Beach Hut' by Steve Bonner

'This fascinating piece of real estate in Bathsheba, on the East Coast, was built as a prop for an American TV series. Unused and un-cared for it hasn't taken long for the elements to destroy it totally - when last I saw it all that remained was the concrete base. A great shame as it was a marvellous attraction for tourists, but it would always have been at risk.' -SB.

 'A Coconut Palm and an Agarve'

by Steve Bonner

'It’s flat, featureless, and is usually thought to have little to attract the islands visitors but I, for one, like St. Philip. It really feels as if there is nothing but ocean between you and Africa, and I hope I might have captured a little of that in this painting. The weathered boards, the flat dry grassland: a few black bellied sheep can’t be far away!' -SB.

'Dawlish Beach' by Steve Bonner

'A flight of stairs makes it's way down the jumbled cliff to another great little beach. Between the deeply shadowed cliff on the left and the sunny headland is a sunken cliff I presented previously. Barbados, remember, is a coral island and the bedrock is riddled with what were once underwater caves - it isn’t unknown for ground level to suddenly drop twenty feet! Welchmans Gully is the example the visitor is probably most likely to have visited.' -SB.

Original watercolour paintings by Steve Bonner

Watercolour painting of the cliff at Dawlish, Barbados

'The Cliff by the Potteries'

by Steve Bonner

'North from Bathsheba, past Cattlewash, and the coast-road curves around this fabulously eroded headland. Great fun to paint, I guess it's the different strata of clay and coral that give this cliff it's unique contours.'-SB.

'The Four Palms'

by Steve Bonner

'Bathsheba is a wonderful village. It has a good hotel, a couple of good restaurants and a truly wonderful tropical garden which is open to visitors almost every day.

Despite having to take the gales and the never ceasing salt laden Atlantic wind on the chin, Bathsheba always manages to be smart and well cared for.

If you’re a visitor please, please, don’t stay in your south or west coast hotel. Hire a car or take a trip to the east coast - you’ll be amazed and delighted at the difference.' -SB.

Watercolour painting of a chatel house & palm trees at Bathsheba

I’ve spent more time in Barbados than anywhere else in the Caribbean, as is probably shown by the body of work I’ve produced over the years. .

A Bajan friend once told me that many expats only live on the island not in it - I sincerely hope that when I’m there I manage to live ‘in’ Barbados.

I’m sorry everyone, but I don’t paint ‘plein air’. Well, I do sometimes but along with sketching it’s only for my own pleasure - and to keep my eye in, as they say.

My little watercolours are far to intricate to be painted anywhere but the studio. Have you ever tried brushing a bug off a watercolour painting? You can’t - not without creating a smudgy comet across your clean bright sky!