Wednesday, 21 June 2017

North Lodge Park

I stumbled across some wildflower beds in North Lodge Park today. I much prefer these to the standard, formal flower beds traditionally associated with town parks. Shame I've never seen a whole area covered or at least a more natural looking spread than a few crescent shaped beds on a lawn. Even so I do love to see an appreciation of the once common meadow and feel thankful for the conservation work being carried out to preserve our native wild life. These little beds of joy had me captivated for some time while I took many photos for future painting reference. I still had a couple of hours to get a study in and chose this spot for the bright primary coloured poppies, cornflowers and daisies amongst the wispy grasses. 

North Lodge Park oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summer's Here!

Another scorching hot day so I head to Cromer beach to catch some Summer frolicking and a cool sea breeze. The tide was fairly low when I set up and was within a foot away by the time I'd finished! Dry sand is a bit of rarity along this stretch of coast so I wanted to capture it's glowing appeal. It was a joy to be in such a pleasant atmosphere and take on the challenge of the structural shapes and movement of life. I caught a group of seagulls upon the roof of the pink building and then some in the sky as they began to leave. As I'm painting I keep a look out for interesting figures etc and add them in as they happen. Should've put sun cream on my legs - they look like crab-sticks!

Summer's Here! oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Alicia and that Buoy

I have an exhibition coming up at The Art House Cafe in Cromer so with a local theme in mind I head to the east side beach where the fishing vehicles rest. This was my third time lucky as I actually finished the painting where the previous two had been wiped. I love the shapes of the boats and the character of the tractors but I struggle to get a good angle with enough interest around the vehicles. It can be a difficult place to paint also as it's busy and people like to look and chat. I find that an enjoyable part of painting out but when I'm counting down the time until I need to pick the kids up and I WILL finish this painting it can be frustrating. Today a guy pulled out a drawing of the pier and asked me to critique it's progress - you never know what's coming! I keep noticing the bright pink buoy on fishing boat Alicia and today I loved how it contrasted with the fresh green foliage of the cliff. I wish I hadn't run out of lemon yellow as I struggled to get the brightness of the buoy.

Alicia and that Buoy oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Past the Golf Course

Wow, what a scorcher! The tide was fairly high here this morning so I head out along the Norfolk Coast Path. I was looking for a vista of the path along the cliff top and settled on this view in which Cromer light house stood to the left. I thought about using artistic licence and moving it in to the painting but felt it would be overbearing. I was using my pochade box which only takes 10 x 12 inch boards so I didn't have the option of a longer scope. I wanted the walkers on the path to be the focal point so I watched them and put them in when I liked their position. To the left I caught the top of a golf buggy as it drove over Cromer Royal Golf Club. I was very near the edge of the cliff so had to be careful not to stand back to view my work! 

Past the Golf Course oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Into the Calm

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios ended today and I think my first experience went pretty well. I had 153 visitors and sold six paintings, four limited edition prints and all fifty greeting cards I made. I met lots of interesting people, inspired a few and got plenty of compliments and encouragement. It feels good when someone tells you they picked you out of the brochure! It was nice being on an art trail and having other artists point visitors my way.

During open studios I completed a painting from a photograph I'd taken on Overstrand beach. Tensions have been pretty high lately with a general election taking place three days ago so I wanted to paint a scene that would take me away from it all. 

Into the Calm oil on board 48 x 75 cm ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Pool of Colour

I love looking at the flowing pools left by the receding tide here on Overstrand beach. This was painted from a photograph I took on a day when there was so much to capture that I couldn't help getting clicker happy. I thought I was going to find painting this easy but I fussed over and over it until deciding when to stop became unbearable. I'm looking forward to having more time to paint after open studios because I know I need the practice. This piece should be dry just in time for the start of open studios this Saturday!  This isn't a great photo as there are reflections of light in the brushwork of the foreground.

Pool of Colour oil on board 48cm sq ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Bluebells, Overstrand

My friend showed me this walk on Paston Way when we were out with our dogs. She told me it would be full of bluebells and I've been waiting to paint it in it's prime.  It was cloudy and the ground looked very flat in the shade but I was taken by the variety of fresh greens glowing in the distance. I think I gave too much attention to the trees and lost sight of what I'd gone to capture.  If you know this walk off Mundesley Road you'll see the footpath to Northrepps to the left of the painting. I managed to take some photos on a brighter day so I'm going to make a studio painting.

Bluebells, Overstrand oil on board 12 x 24inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017