Monday, 21 April 2014

Cornwall and Alderney paintings

Since my last post I've painted more than ever before, I think! Been able to work most days and I'm feeling the difference. I've been out painting a few times, which always helps, and just getting to know colours and how the paint works.

Here's some of the work from the last two months. I've been absolutely loving using greys and more muted colours, when painting light on the water. The following are all acrylics on canvas/board.

 Hanging Rock, Alderney 60 x 30
 Off to Omanville, Alderney - 60 x 30
 Alderney Harbour, 40 x 30
 The Lighthouse, Alderney - 50 x 40
 Wave, 60 x 30
 By the Sisters, Alderney 40 x 40
 Sunbathing Cormorants, Alderney - 40 x 30
 The Roar of the Sea, Porthtowan - 40 x 30
 Sand, Sea, Sky, Bedruthan - 35 x 25
 Tides Turning, Alderney - 60 x 30
 Trevone Bay, Cornwall - 60 x 60
Weathering, Cornwall - 60 x 60

I've always loved using bold and complementary colour, but I'm really enjoying exploring the effects of different greys in this area. Hope you like the results :)

Its been Easter this weekend so I had a little play with oil paints for an experiment and a challenge! Forgot how different they are to use, and the end clean-up process... 

 Over the Treetops, Derbyshire - 35 x 25
Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall - 25 x 20

I found by the third painting (not shown!) I was starting to lose the economy of brushwork I've been working on, and was just adding more and more paint. It feels like laziness - but it was partly because mixing the colours felt so different with the oils - much trickier! Acrylics are so much lighter. I'm going to keep coming back to oils, as I love the loose texture and shine, but I feel like I should stay on my current journey with acrylics. So much fun to use. :)