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

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Air Smells Sweet on Hungry Hill

Energized by the forecast of full sun all day I head back out to Northrepps to capture the glowing yellow field again.  Hungry Hill is a long and windy county lane, lined with cow parsley that was tall, fresh, green and almost ready to burst into bloom.  The field of rape was on my right and I stopped at passing places to check out the view.  Birds were singing and a sweet fragrance filled the air - it was a delight!  I add interest to the composition by choosing the buildings as a focal point as they make a nice backdrop to the flowers. I had a job peeling stuck bugs off my work and couldn't help feel sorry for them. I thought about leaving them as a feature but perhaps that's an experience of the outdoors I ought not to share. I used Michael Harding oil paints for the first time which was an improvement over the water based oils I've been using. My box easel enabled me to use a larger board which was exciting too.

The Air Smells Sweet on Hungry Hill oil on board 12 x 24 inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017