‘And the sun comes’ 5 inches x 7 inches – oil on canvas board
I’ve been painting the skies recently, aswell as the sea, and it’s been great fun playing with colours and brushstrokes. I like making these little studies, as they encourage experimentation.
‘Cloud study’ – 7 inches by 5 inches – oil on canvas board. These small works also make plein air painting more user friendly.
‘Night watch’ 7 inches x 5 inches – oil on canvas board. Titled so because when sailing through the night and the sun goes down, the colours of the sea and the sky can do some quite surprising things. The whole lot is moving and changing all the time.
These black and white artworks have all come from recent walks along the Cornish coast with my sketchbook. As a painter, lines and mark-making are usually confined to my sketches, but cutting into the lino board I’ve been having a great time using them to try to capture the energy of the sea and sky, and the different characters at the edges of Cornwall.
Cliff walk – Limited edition lino print – 15cm x 20cm
On the beach – Limited edition lino print – 20cm x 15cm
In the creek – limited edition lino print – 15cm x 20cm
At the start of this year I wanted to take a fresh look at things, to liberate the colour within my work.
These are some of the first paintings that have come from that impetus. I am always inspired by the colours around me, even on a rainy day they can be far more dynamic to the naked eye, than on any photograph that I try to take.
I wanted to make these colours dance on the canvas, the three paintings below are from my winter walks along the Cornish coast.
It is not about replicating the beauty of nature, but about trying to respond to it.
Sky and sea – oil on canvas – 40cm x 40cm – £475 – SOLD
Currently exhibiting at The Harbour Gallery, Portscatho, Cornwall
From the cliff – oil on canvas – 50cm x 50cm – £595
Wave – oil on canvas – 40cm x 40cm – £475