Wednesday, April 28, 2010

No Diving

No Diving
Pure Watercolour
76 cm x 58 cm or 30 inches x 23 inches

This little boat sits just outside the big wooden doors of the old lifeboat house down at Lizard Point.  There are so many gorgeous colours, the rust stains, scuffed fiber-glass and old paint.  There are so many fabulous textures, stone, old wood, rope, metal, concrete.  When I see things like this I can feel my heart beating too fast, I get butterflies, almost a mini panic attack, but its not panic, it is a bit like an adrenalin rush... about a potential painting!  The feeling carries on while I am painting, if you were to ring me up while I was painting and I sounded strange that is why, I am in the zone, on my own personal drug of choice, flying with watercolours and beautiful paper and wonderful brushes, breath-less and a little crazed!  This one has taken days, now I am exhausted!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Beyond Shines the Sea

Beyond Shines The Sea  SOLD
Oil on Wooden Panel
40 cm x 50 cm  or 15.7 inches x 19.68 inches

Another dip into summer.  This is summer in Cornwall, childhood summers that were hot and endless.  This is that moment when you have been walking through the dark woods, legs sunburnt and scratched, your eyes are accustomed to the green light.  Plants and trees are filling your senses, little specks of brilliant colour seem to glow in the greeny shadows, like luminous fairies.  You look up from this cool English jungle to see, beyond the gate, a hot dry field and then the shining sea.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day  SOLD
Oil on wooden panel
40cm x 15cm x 3cm or 15.7inches x 6 inches x 1.25 inches

This is early one summer morning, at the top of the hill looking down over the creek.  Boats turning with the tide and the calm green shadow of the trees dressing the water and you know that it will be a beautiful day.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Surf

Saturday Surf
Oil on Board,
16cm x 10 cm or 6.25 inches x 4 inches

What a glorious day, I should be working but it is too nice.  I am skiving off, painting little snippets of the day, like this surfer with the diamond studded sea behind him.  Anyway it is the weekend, who cares, have fun, enjoy life, it is way too short not to!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cedar and Barley

Cedar and Barley
20 cm x 40 cm x 3cm 
or 7.9 inches x 15.7 inches x 1.25 inches
Oil on Wooden panel.

A bit premature, the barley is not looking like this yet but I need to do some work towards summer paintings and so have been going through my sketchbooks to find images like this to work up into little paintings that, hopefully speak of summer, hot days, fresh greens and beautiful clear skies.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Looking South

Looking South
84 cm x 79 cm or 33 inches x 29 inches
This is the wall of the old lifeboat house down at Lizard point, the most southerly part of England.  It is a grim and grey cove, none of the blue sky and sandy beaches that Cornwall usually brings to mind but I really like the colours and textures both on the rust stained concrete walls of the lifeboat house and the kelp strewn beach.  There is a steep slip with some small boats and a huge amount of inspiration if you are looking for texture and colour.  The figures on the beach help to give an idea of how the building dominates the little cove. 
I decided to make this another big painting and will put a few pictures over on Watermarks which will really show the size of it.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bright Moss, Soft Rain.

Bright Moss, Soft Rain.
110 cm x 145 cm or 43 inches x 57 inches

It is finished and I am very happy with it.  I wanted to get the brightness of the moss that grows on trees around here as well as the sense of the soft misty rain, the darkness of being in the woods with the light when you look up.  The colours feel quite accurate to me but in reality I think the pinks and blues might be just a projection... I am sure trees have an aura so maybe that is what is happening here.