Low Tide II

Walk at Withernsea

Walk at Withernsea

I’ve just uploaded a new painting to my website. I’ve been working on this for a few months off and on. It’s inspired by a walk I took earlier this year at Withernsea on the Yorkshire coast. It was a thoroughly breezy day, yet with a clear sky, the sun still felt warm enough to be on the beach. Not long after I came back I did a small 20×20 painting in acrylic that I was never that pleased with.

What next?

More recently I went back to the photograph and thought I would try a different approach using a palette knife to get more movement and drama into the painting. It felt like a dramatic day with a stiff breeze, a very low tide leaving the beach exposed with huge swathes of water lying on the sand reflecting the light of a beautiful cerulean sky.  Although closer to capturing the feeling of the day,  I wasn’t that happy with this version either, it was too broken up, not enough integration between areas and colour. So it sat on the wall for another few weeks while I occasionally gazed at it and wondered what might come next.

Oil Paint

What came next was oil paint – I was looking at it one day and thought “I wonder what would happen if…….”

I love those moments with a painting – clearly something had been going on in my unconscious.  I’m finding it increasingly important to have the patience to wait and see. To live with a bit of uncertainty not knowing where to go next, yet be willing to see what will emerge.  What does emerge is often surprising and in this case a different result to what I would have got if I hadn’t been willing to wait.

Low Tide II

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