Title:  Sand and Shale
Media:  Oil on Canvas
Price:  £200 Unframed (Box Canvas)
Size unframed:  60cm x  60cm

Part of a Summer Exhibition in Cheshire.

A beautiful summer sky with subtle pastel colours that I like to include. The Welsh sky is usually cloudy which gives me the opportunity to enjoy my paint. Wide flat beaches are lovely to walk and watching the tide can become a hobby.

There is little detail in the painting because it might distract the eye and harshen the atmosphere that I try to create.

General Notes on my Coastal Paintings

Sea and sky attract artists all over the world. It might be the distant horizon; the simplicity of the scene; the light which in turn affects the colour and the atmosphere or the sheer joy of being at the sea side with friends and family and later in life the memories that are evoked of earlier events. For me, I think it is a combination of all those things but in particular the beauty of this earth when its great expanses become impossible to describe in words but just might  be captured with paint. Big skies and giant spaces impress and inspire me because they suggest freedom of mind and body and touch that spiritual part of my essence that scares me.

I look for deserted beaches where colours and tones and textures are soft and subtle or perhaps bright and dramatic but not distorted or damaged by man or the man-made.

These paintings vary in size and type – sometimes sea, often lakes, rivers and estuaries too but all watery and full of distance and sky.