My latest two paintings of Hummersea.
From Hummersea, there is a path down to the beach. A rough and steep and wonderfully overgrown path down the cliff, a series of of wooden steps, some rotted with age, and at the edge of the rock face, a metal ladder, now torn from its moorings, no longer touching the rocks below…
I may, when I feel brave enough, go back down to the beach…
Coast Gallery, Cloughton, sold 3 of my biggest paintings in the first week of my exhibition, so these paintings, fortunately just finished, will be an addition to the October show.
(you’ll know how I feel, thankful, blessed, priviledged, lucky… thankful mostly, to be able to do work I love doing.)
What I did in August…My latest commission, now in Canada.
Staithes from Cowbar. oils on canvas, 60x80cm. for Mr T.H.
I thought I’d be slowing down a bit after Staithes art fest, but I’m still busy, preparing for an exhibition at Coast Gallery, Cloughton, early October (I think Caroline Riley will be exhibiting at the same time, which is a bit daunting, as her paintings are so good! Truly exquisite). Also shipping the latest commission, keeping fingers crossed that it travels safely, waiting to hear if I have one more commission for Canada, starting a new painting, sketching more ideas, forgetting to keep my fingers crossed…and taking photographs of this year’s paintings, like this one: Sandsend Sunset.
Sandsend Sunset, oil on stretched canvas, 60x80cm.
To contrast with my miniatures, I’ll be exhibiting this large painting at Staithes Festival.
NB. October. Reserved for Dr G.
Staithes art fest is soon approaching: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September, 10am to 5pm, preview Friday 7th, 7pm to 8.30pm. I’ve been preparing my miniature paintings. I’ll be in Cottage 4a, near the Lifeboat Station, sharing this pop up gallery with the talented glass maker Ailsa Nicholson.
Busy days, and nights, in the studio. Staithes art festival is only 4 weeks away (8th & 9th September). I’m giving priorities to my commissions (at the moment a detailed painting of Staithes which I estimate will take 200 hours) Monday to Friday, then I paint something different on weekends.
Bluebells at Eagles Creek. Memories of Skye. Bluebells seem darker than in Yorkshire, and the flowering season is very long there, they were still opening at the end of June. I love those trees. Lots of lichen too, which show the air is pure. And when you step out of the woods, there are those BIG skies, with ever changing clouds… (love Skye). I’ve been working on this between commissions. It does capture the feel of the little woods on EaglesCreek Croft. At one point I thought it was finished and I took the painting outside to photograph it. The sun suddenly came out and shone through leaves onto the painting. I realised then that was the effect I wanted, so it went back to the studio for some reworking. Serendipity, always love it.
Bluebells at Eagles Creek. oil on canvas, 50x70cm (approx 20×28″)
It is a wonderfully warm summer in Yorkshire this year, but rain or shine, I paint. Here is my latest commission, just finished.
“The Cut, Hummersea”. oil on canvas, 60x80cm. For Mr T.H.
Here is a little watercolour painting which was sold through The Geallery in Grosmont, last month. Dancing with stars. Although I paint mostly landscapes, I sometimes wander into imaginative imagery, influenced no doubt, by the illustrated fairy tales which inspired me to draw and paint.
Dancing with stars.
Here are two other watercolour paintings of my imaginary woods from the same year.
“In the Woods I”
“In the Woods II”
This much larger painting, in oils, which started out as a night time view of Runswick Bay, has a central tree rather than a forest, but then all trees are magical.