I came away with 12 paintings from the weekend. My main interest was trying to tackle the balance between tone and colour. It was a challenge, when the sun came out the colours were incredible and saturated in contrast to the greys and limited tonal range that appeared as soon as the rain clouds blew over. I was particularly drawn to the coastline and distance while some where inspired by the fishing village itself and the activity it had to offer.
Below are some of the pieces I painted. Some I may make larger paintings from using the colours as a reference, others will stay as happy memories of a good weekend.
The painting below was the first one I completed alongside David Pilgrim ROI on the first day. We painted from the pier/jetty where it was very windy and overcast. The sea water was splashing over the top of the walkway and finally reached our easels and where we were standing.
|Looking East from the Pier at Looe|
|Me and David with water slowly advancing!|
The next painting was completed when the sun was out later in the weekend. It was a great spot a short drive up the hill from Looe recommended by fellow painter Natalia Avdeeva ROI who had painted some great work there the day before. This time looking west, the sea was a brilliant turquoise. The second painting below was completed at the same spot on the beach, just turning towards the sea. Although it was hot and sunny the haze had created quite a solid mid-tone of atmosphere which I didn't expect. It's interesting that the things you notice working on location are often different to what you are expecting to pick up on and can sometimes surprise you.
|Looking West from just outside Looe|
|St George's Island|
The group came together on the Sunday and we all painted from the beach at Looe. I made a couple of oil sketches, one is below. Once again we had to work quick as the brilliant sunshine soon gave way to cloud and rain. Ian Cryer PROI and Tim Benson VPROI can be seen in the photo below and produced some great paintings throughout the weekend.
|From Looe Beach|
|Some members of the group painting at Looe Beach|
|Telland Bay, Cornwall|