The winter storms, were as everyone knows quite extraordinary this year. I felt so desperately sorry for the people who were so badly affected!! My parent’s house used to regularly flood very badly. If there was any sign of rain, my mother wouldn’t leave the house for fear it would flood again and they soon ceased to be able to get any insurance. So, my heart went out to all those poor victims of the flooding and of course the winds as well.
Having said that, I felt rather guilty for my delight at the drama and light they provided, which was very inspirational for painting. The oil paintings below are the result:
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
The weather has been absolutely awful this year, no spring and when the rest of the country had lovely warm sunny weather, we did not. You do pay the penalty of cooler weather living on the coast but its mid June now and we still have not had any warm weather :(. Consequently, my paintings have taken ages to dry, finally “Misty Sunrise” (below) is dry and now for sale on my website.
I am really loving the light at the moment, there’s a fabulous clarity to it. And all with the wonderful hint of spring in the air, despite the cold! The painting below is oil on board and is inspired by the current weather conditions.
It was such a delight to wake up this morning and find a good covering of snow. I was really excited and dropped all other plans, so I could immediately try and capture something of what, so inspired me. The result is the painting below.
Huge apologies to all my followers for not having blogged for so long !! I’m afraid life rather overtook me in 2012, with various family dramas and other things. I continued my semi abstract journey last year and in the last couple of months I began experimenting with pure abstract. Also in the latter part of the year, I started adding bronze powder to some of my oil paintings. Below are a couple of examples of work from 2012, if you would like to see more check out my new website www.nikkiwheeler.com Happy new year to everyone 🙂
“Blue Green Sea” Oil on Board 15″ x 18″
“Golden Sunset ” Oil on Canvas (with bronze powder) 12″ x 9″
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.