You might have noticed that most of the excitement in my paintings takes place by the sea., possibly because all life is there, or close by. My family, dogs, other people and wildness keep me company on sketching expeditions and I lick my ideas into shape in the warmth and quietness of my studio.
I first started painting dogs when we went to the seaside with my son’s family’s border collie. She’s called Grace and is a wonderful, if mercurial model. She’s featured in many a painting, and now other dogs have joined her.
Although the seaside captures my heart I can’t help being inspired by a landscape or two.
I paint these small paintings as a way of working out ideas in my head. Some work out, and many don’t. Here are a few of the more successful ones. 6 “ x 6” (15 x 15 cm) is my preferred size, big enough to see and small enough to be precious.
Seascapes With Red Clouds
The coast is ever changing, and the clouds above move even more quickly.
In the evening I watch for the sky turning red and drink in the colours to paint another day.
Grown Ups on the Beach
Bright seaside studies express the colours I feel inside when I look at the beach.
Grown ups may walk on the beach but in truth we all know children inhabit the seaside.
As time goes by the subjects I paint seem to slip further away, heading towards the horizon. The children get more indistinct but you can’t hide the joy felt of many excursions to the beach,
Works on paper
Although I paint mainly in oils every so often I paint in watercolour reveling in a different medium with a new set of challenges.