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Siennas and Grey Skies

It was one of the highest tides of the year today, and with huge surf pounding the beaches, we took off to Millook to see all the local boys surfing at low tide.  The day and sky was heavily leaden with rainclouds coming offshore. The offshore wind was holding up great surf  and we enjoyed an hour literally soaking in the damp atmosphere of a very grey stony millook beach, but on the drive back I took the opportunity to take a couple of pics.  Spring hasn’t quite come to the hedgerows and cliff edges yet and the dried stumps and brush look even warmer in their burnt umbers and burnt siennas under the grey light.

View from high cliff over Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

The tide is so low, that much more rock is exposed.  The lovely sands of Widemouth Bay are wet and grey and can be seen mid picture.  Wanson Beach below has a shingle and sand beach with a moonscape of incredible rock.  A painting is called for as much of the colour is lost in my photograph.

Wanson Beach

Spring in the air by the sea

I could paint at 7.00 am today.  A beautiful start to the day as I welcome the arrival of Spring.  The birds have been singing for a few weeks, but I like to see the natural light lengthening each day.  I have a daylight bulb to paint by, but it is very very bright!! I am continuing working on a commission piece and a walk on the beach today gives me new inspiration as the cerulean and prussian blues are coming back into the sea colours.  Welcome relief from the greys and greens of late: beautiful in themselves, but a higher sun gives more depth of colour and warmth in the blues.  I will post an image file of the painting as soon as I consider it finished.  Please let me know what you think of it.

Shimmery sea

With stormy clouds coming in off the Atlantic, the glimpses of sunlight make the sea glisten in places. Although we think of the sea as blue, it was in fact a beautiful serene grey green with lighter aqua patches running through it and sparkles dusted on the top of the waves.

My Latest Completed Painting

Millook Beach

My latest finished painting is of a small cove down the coast. Not a tourist hotspot because of its abundance of round bolders . It is a storm beach on the Atlantic coast of North Cornwall at the end of deep wooded valley.  My style is loose, and I have tried to depict the depth of sky and sea with lots of layered colour. The sea changes colour every second and this colour was embedded in my memory, a beautiful turquoise reflected from the stony seabed.

The Vagaries of the English Weather

February’s weather can be unpredictable and today was no exception.  When its windy as well, the weather can change in a matter of minutes. Today ………..after waking to an unexpected frost, it was blues skies all round.  By lunchtime though, the clouds started rolling in, darker and darker, the wind howling in the chimney with spits of rain all afternoon.  To get any atmospheric photos this time of the year, you have got to be on your toes.  No good thinking “I’ll go this afternoon”. At least the rain meant I could get on with laying down some ink and acrylic washes on a new commission I have started.  Wonder what tomorrows weather will bring?