Title: Light Rain over the Estuary
Media: Oil on Canvas
Price: £450 Unframed (Box Canvas)
Size unframed: 100cm x 100cm
There are no skies bigger or wider than the skies of Norfolk. The air is crisp and clear and the land does not rise as it approaches the horizon. Instead the world disappears over its edge with little to prevent its falling. The land is as flat as the sea only trees break the line that is the edge of the world.
This day was damp with drizzle which blurred the distance and enclosed the nearness,
This was the first big painting that I ever painted. I used bigger brushes than ever before and on that day I learned what self- expression was. I didn’t plan or draw the ‘picture’ I just painted my memories of Norfolk and found a freedom that made perfect sense.
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.