Friday, 27 May 2016

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Exhibition

The Garden House Gallery and Shop in Cromer has invited me to exhibit during Open Studios.  My work will be exhibited as part of the Cromer Art Trail from 28th May to 12th June.  I'm not officially listed with this trail so the link to my work is under Brian Wienle - click here for more details.  Just been to the gallery to deliver my paintings and one was put in the window.  It's on the easel, bottom left of the window.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Never Settle for "That'll do".

A couple of weeks ago I was walking the footpath to Northrepps and was amazed by the vast spread of bluebells.  Today I went back to capture them but was disappointed by the extent to which they'd withered.  I could no longer look out to rolling slopes of blue as many ferns had sprouted up and over the flowers.  It seemed the best of what was left could be found within the shade of the woods so I paced about for ages trying to find a good viewpoint.  The sun broke through the clouds in a couple of flashes which gave an interesting dappled light, but for most of the time I was in complete shade.  The ground was very uneven and it was so difficult to find a comfortable place to stand that I settled for a "that'll do". I was so determined to paint what I'd set out for that I risked painting a scene that I found uninspiring.  As suspected a boring subject resulted in a boring painting and I wiped it off.  I hadn't noticed that I'd placed my tin of paints down onto bird poo and spread it to the contents of my bag whilst packing up.  You win some, you lose some, but to win more, trust your instinct!

Didn't cut the mustard!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Overstrand #3

I set out to paint more beach huts today but was captivated by the beauty of the beach at low tide.  Facing the sun, I was drawn to the contrast of tones and found interest in the structure of the groyne and the reflections in the streams.  At one point I was surrounded by children and staff from Langham Primary School, admiring my work as they passed.  They were so sweet and complimentary, it really made my day.

Overstrand #3 oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Beach Huts Overstrand #1

I started this painting yesterday morning and was attracted to the bright colours of the huts glowing in the sun light.  I also chose this view as it includes the promenade - a prominent feature of Overstrand.  I got a couple of hours in before the sky became overcast and I decided to finish off the next morning.  The sun shone bright today, so I managed to finish it off in another couple of hours.  The tide rose higher as I painted and waves crashed beside me, high above my head.  I realised that I was in a very risky spot when a wave splashed across the promenade onto the ground before me.  If that had have happened over me, my painting would be gone!  

Beach Huts Overstrand #1 oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

The puddle of the wave that almost got me!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

My First Gallery Exhibition!

I've been invited to exhibit at The Garden House Gallery and Shop in Cromer during Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios and I'm thrilled!  I have three plein air paintings in the Open Studios taster exhibition for the Cromer and Around Art Trail and will be exhibiting more work from 28th May when Open Studios begins.  Today was very special as it was the first time I've seen my work exhibited in a gallery.  

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Overstrand #2

What I love about the beach here in Overstrand is that it changes from day to day.  Lately, the most beautiful pools and streams have been carved out of the sand which are streaking when reflecting the sky.  I walked along the thick mound of shingle which the sea had dumped against the defence wall.  It was good to see such interest at the foot of the promenade as this area is often flat and bare sand.  The tide crept in after a couple of hours painting and cut me short of time, so I tweaked it a little once home.  It's the first time I've done that and I found it pretty difficult as my memory of the scene wasn't clear - I think it's something I'd rather avoid.

Overstrand #2 oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2016