This week i wanted to get back to painting the sea, after doing a lot of travelling back and forth on the train, this week i am finally put in Aberystwyth, which gives me the time to be able to get out in to the landscape and explore.
Wednesday afternoon. In the studio, looking out at the sea, and suddenly beautiful light started to appear, so i rushed out of the studio to grab some sketches and photos to work from. The light changes so quickly that to capture it in that moment i couldn't paint it there on the spot. Photos worked as a good reference point to bring back the memory, however a lot of the colours i tend to remember and then transfer in to the painting.
This is one of the small studies i made from the blue light, the photo makes some of the colours look black and a bit deadened, but it is just very deep blue.
I then began to make a larger study, using big 3 inch brushes, trying to remember the power of the sky and sea from my sketches. The sketches i make i tend to emphasise on aspects of the landscape which were stand out to me. For instance the clouds clustering in this heavy way. Then when painting i can work from those ideas, this painting required thick paint to get this point across, where in other occasions i will use thin layers built up. This painting is still a work in progress but i am enjoying how it is starting to take shape. I will probably leave it for a while and move on to something else for now. I tend to find sometimes when i come back to a painting in a few weeks, i will see it differently and know how to answer it.
When returning home i was looking at one of my older quick studies in oil, looking at what used to interest me about the sea, i think it used to be a lot more about the power and the forces of the waves and trying to get that across in the painting. i feel i have started to let go of this kind of energy in my work and i want to try and get back and include some of these marks in future work.