Monday, January 30, 2012

Work in Progress - Torquay Stroll

Here's another work in progress. Again, if you see it and would like to offer constructive comments and critique, please do so.
This painting is based on one of Yvonne's photos taken at Torquay. I was looking for the relections in wet sand as well as distant gathering rain clouds behind the sunlit dunes.
I also tried M Graham paints for the first time. I really like the way in which they retain their softness and are easily reconstituted after a few days in the pallette. The pallette is really limited [Yellow: Hansa and Cad; Red: Cad light and Quin Magenta; Blue: Ultramarine and Cerulean].
I've learned a lot from this painting so far and am sure that the subject will be repeated . Clearly lots more work to do on reflections, waves, distant dunes, figures, and so on and on .......

Torquay Stroll

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beach Walk - Work in Progress

I'm taking a risk here - posting work I'm not satisfied with and which is not complete. If you happen to see it and would like to feedback some constructive observations and critique, please do so.
This painting is an attempt to capture that early morning walk on the misty beach where the tide is turning and water swirls through dips in the sand.
Beach Walk

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Precious Memories

It's amazing what we keep. My sister has a vase of roses on a cupboard in her living room. Now some may throw them out because they're past their prime - in fact they're dead!
In their withered and shrunked buds are memories of a special event. The essence of former beauty, colour and perfume remain there for those who can see. These dried out rosebuds hold wonderful and precious memories. Every time they are seen, they are a reminder of times past.
Sometimes we're all to quick to discard that which is old and no longer beautiful. We readily toss away things - and people - that connect us with our past and keep it alive for our future.
They are too good a subject for a painting or two.
Here's the first - actually the first painting for the year.
  Precious Memories
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