Friday, 24 June 2016

Magical Morning

After waking up to a frenzy of bullsh**t over the EU, it felt so good to leave the media at home and head out to the beach.  I felt thankful for my freedom and quality of life as I watched the sunlight dance upon the waves.  

Magical Morning oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Jayne Marie #2

It was a lovely morning so I set out to get a quick painting in before work.  Tide was high so I decided to paint the fishing boats lined up along the promenade.  The last time I painted this scene I completed it in two sittings over two days.  It was quite a challenge to complete it in a couple of hours due to the complex drawing involved.   It started to spit with rain the moment I'd finished!

Jayne Marie #2 oil on board 10" x 12". ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Overstrand #4

Summer is finally here!  I was comfortable in shorts and a vest for the first time this year but not so comfortable now that I'm sun-burnt.  It struck me that the beach pretty much looks the same in all seasons - very different to the landscape.  The cliffs no longer cast a mass of shadow which I prefer, and there are more people about which I'm not so sure about.  A few crossed my path but I didn't want to add them.  Generally I prefer landscapes without figures but I'm starting to warm to the idea of adding them.  I arrived just as the tide began to recede so I wanted to capture the streams at the foot of the promenade before they vanished.  They are evaporating more quickly now and I don't remember seeing them at all when I moved here last August. 

Overstrand #4 10" x 12" oil on board. ©Tanya Pawsey 2016

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

From Cromer Pier #1

As I'm exhibiting in the Garden House Gallery in Cromer I thought I'd paint nearby in a hope to drum up business.  I've spent the last couple of days painting on the pier and have attracted many admirers, most of whom I've told about the exhibition.  Today I had a class of school children beside me who were out sketching, and although they didn't approach me I hoped I might be an inspiration to any aspiring artists amongst them.  

Only got a couple of hours in yesterday as I'd braved the Summer wear and the cold wind got the better of me.  The second image shows how far I'd got and I quite like it for it's simplicity but felt it needed more.  I found it a real challenge to finish it today as although I'd returned at the same time of day the light was completely different.  Yesterday it was bright and sunny but today was overcast and misty.  I had sketched in the shadow areas on the first day but it still left me a little baffled.  What I like most about this piece is how the seagulls appear white against the land and black against the sky.

From Cromer Pier #1  oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2016