Monday, 25 January 2016

Overstrand Cliffs #1

My first day in my part time job at the local shop but still managed to get out in the afternoon to paint.  I walked a bit further along the cliff top path from where I'd last painted out.  A surprisingly warm day for the time of year, the air was filled with birdsong and the waves slid onto the shore.  I painted for two hours, however a fair amount of that time was spent talking to passers-by.

Overstrand Cliffs#1 oil on board 10"x 12". ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

Cromer Lighthouse #1

After working in the studio during the run up to Christmas and not finding the time to work over the holiday, I couldn't wait to get out into the glorious sunshine to paint.  I visited Cromer, just two miles away, to paint there for the first time.  I've not yet bought my tide times book and wasn't aware of the them, neither was I sure of the height of high tide in Cromer.  This left me in a bit of a pickle as I was unsure about where would be safe to set up.  Most of the sand was so wet that I was sure my tripod would sink, there were workmen and diggers working by the pier and the cliff cast a mass of shade beneath.  For a while I felt quite uninspired but I was desperate to capture something that could only be Cromer.  

I decided to return to the cliff top path which took me to Warren Woods where I finally met my Happy Valley view of the lighthouse.  I love the colours of Winter and here I was pleased with the contrast between the dark shadows and the brights of the lime grass and orange seabuckthorn.  Now considered an important Winter food source for birds these plants have an interesting history of being used by humans for medical purposes for hundreds of years.  Most interesting to me is the natural sun protective properties of the oil, made from the berries - just what's needed by the sea. Nature is so amazing and inspiring to me! 

From today, I decided to cut down on the number of paints I take out with me.  I'm going to stick to a limited palette of two blues, two yellows, two reds and a white.  I was taught to paint this way but after being used to the addition of more earthy tones it was quite a challenge.  Didn't manage to stick to my hour and a half time limit but I completed this in two hours.

Cromer Lighthouse #1, oil on board 10"x 12", ©Tanya Pawsey 2016