I love Spring, with all its promise of whats to come! I often go for early morning walks or a drive to see the beautiful dawn light. This painting is from my memories, evoked by such mornings.
Misty Spring Dawn
Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″
I neglected to mention in my last post “Off to Deliver Work – Surreal Journey“, how wonderful the light was that day, in Thanet, (Turner painted there, for a reason!!). Wonderful receding mists again, with shafts of light coming through, all so beautifully ethereal and atmospheric! Have started a painting today, with the hope of expressing it on canvas.
Whilst painting away, to my suprise, I found some thoughts to do with blogging were interrupting my flow, and I had to get them down. Being so new to all this (I started to look into blogging, this time last week, having put it off for years!), frankly, it was a bit of a shock. I frantically looked for a pen, couldn’t find one and had to use charcoal instead. After jotting down a few things, it was with some relief, that I was able to get back to my painting!
Today I delivered some to work to “Nice Things”, Ramsgate Harbour. Whilst driving down a country lane, bizarrely and suddenly, in the middle of nowhere, in a field just near the road, there was a man painting. He had an easel with a huge white board on it, partially covered in oils – wonderful thick impasto with huge energy and vibrancy, painted in a semi abstract way. Having stopped the car to chat, he turned out to be George Rowlett. He gave me the address of his gallery and I looked him up when I got home. His work is absolutely sumtous and I thoroughly recommend an online visit to his gallery. To check out his work go to www.artspacegallery.co.uk/.
Below, is one of the paintings I delivered. It was painted from my memories of a wonderful day at Dungerness. It is such a wierdly fascinating place, with a superb retro cafe that has not changed in years. Despite having a nuclear power station as a backdrop, I still find it totally inspiring, though, know people who can’t stand it! Definitely a place you either love or hate.
Shades of Dungerness
Oil on Canvas
At long last we have sunshine and oh what sumptous autumn light with beautiful receding mists.
I walk everyday and love just snapping away with my camara. I have no interest in producing a good photograph but instead I do it simply for my own pleasure and as a reference point for my work. When I get home, I’ll have a nice cup of coffee, get my photos on my laptop and have one quick look through. Sometimes i will go straight to the studio and paint what has inspired me from memory. Other times, there will be some frustrating reason why I can’t get straight to work. Then I panic I will loose the feeling and memory of whatever has inspired me. But, luckily what seems to happen is that gradually, some sort of image will keep repeating itself in my mind’s eye. So when I do get to paint, all I have to do is tap into that and off I go.
Snaps From My Walk Today