Spring is my favorite season, complete with lambs, buds, blossom and all its promise of what’s to come. I absolutely adore the delicious ethereal light and gentle mists! The painting below is inspired by walks and drives in the countryside in the first few days of Spring. It is oil on board and measures 24 x 29.5 ins and is titled “First Days of Spring”.
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:
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!
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 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.