I thought I would post some pictures of two paintings I did earlier this year. They have been in my studio for a while and I had almost forgotten about them until I came across them about a week ago. The first was painted near Flatford looking over the river on a fairly bleak and grey day. The second was painted during an explosive sunset along the sea wall on Merseas Island (one of my favourite spots).
This one stayed in the wet panel carrier for a while because I wondered whether I had overstated the colours. In actual fact the colours are understated and introduced some new mixes into my work which I have continued to use in my work. This sunset was more dramatic than some others I had seen recently and the influence of colour on the landscape was greater than I had expected. I like waiting for a sunset with all my kit because you never know exactly what to expect and you generally only have time to react to it quickly. I think subconsciously, working quickly means you include only the information that is important to you and in this one colour certainly was the focal point.
I knew I wanted to paint along the river, but the weather wasn't great. It is a challenge to produce a painting on a grey day as arial perspective is less obvious, colours become very close and darks and lights are limited to the midtones. I was pleased with the painting though and I particularly like the shape of the tree on the left along with the subtle blue/grey greens in the foreground.