It’s really difficult to know where to begin to describe my stay at Prospect Cottage. Suffice to say it was an incredible and inspiring experience!
Unsurprisingly, Derek Jarman’s presence was palpable in and outside the cottage. This had a profound and humbling effect on me.
I was treated to a whole spectrum of different weather conditions producing constantly exciting light. From soft to dramatic and everything in between.
I have started painting and to be honest am not at all sure how the Dungeness paintings are going to work out, that is yet to unfold ………
Below are a few of the photos I took, the sea and the gulls were early light, the second one is the taken from the kitchen. There is a story to the last one. I am a person that would never go out in my dressing gown, let alone with no make up on!! It was just after dawn and the light was so fantastic, I had to throw caution to the wind, and whizzed outside hoping no one would see me. I was taking this photo from the front of the cottage, when I noticed a man in the distance. He had a camera with a zoom lens which to my utter horror and mortification was pointing at me!
This painting is from memories of some stunning walks I have had, in this lovely warm weather we have been having. When, often its lovely and sunny in the surrounding countryside, but you can hear fog horns out at sea. Then sometimes the sea mist rolls up the hill and envelops the village.
I also just adore the early morning light in hot weather, the photos below are from a recent early morning on the beach. I had a wonderful couple of hours doing some colour sketches and taking photographs. There are very few people around at that time of day and the peace and ethereal quality is sublime!!
Warm July Light 16″ x 12″ Oil on Canvas
Its been fantastic to have some lovely warm weather (although a good deal cooler than the rest of the country). My daughter (pictured below), and I made the most of it with a lovely afternoon at the beach.
I love to do quick little colour sketches, as an aide memoire to my oil paintings. I use gouache paint, as it is the least messy medium that I can get on with, out and about.
The beach at my village is covered in wild flowers at this time of year, truly sumptous!! Below are a couple of snaps I took this afternoon to give you an idea of what its like.
Apart from a brief period of floral water colours, the work I first started exhibiting in galleries, was figurative. I started with pastels, and then moved on to oils. Below are two examples from the late 90’s.
“The Old Gent” Oil on Board
“The Watcher” Oil on Canvas
It was wonderful to wake up to heavy snow this morning – such a treat! I took these photos, on a sumptous walk which luckily ended up in a nice cosy pub on the beach. As you can see the white cliffs are looking very white indeed in the snow!!
Warm September Sea (oil on canvas 24 x 30 inches)
I am completely new to blogging, I mean I’ve heard the word but never really
understood what it meant!!! So here it is – my first ever blog.
This is one of my latest paintings, it is done from memory after a beautiful September
walk by the sea.