Thursday: With the idea of getting back to the coast, and looking more at the sources, i headed to the beach to start some studies. Packed a flask as i knew it was going to be a long day. Took my sketchbooks my paint, my boards. and realised id grabbed the pencil case which contained my printmaking tools, rather than brushes and pencils. I decided to get a little inventive and use my etching pen to draw on some stones. The chalk that comes out whilst drawing on is fun to work from, however when washed off, they are merely stones with a thin lines in, which perhaps may have been good to take a rubbing from and print, but i just placed them back on the beach. nevertheless, this was still a good exercise of looking and observing, light and shapes, which is all very helpful when it coems to painting in the studio.
I then returned after lunch to the beach and got my paint brushes, It was absolutely freezing, which in turn makes me paint a lot faster than i do in the studio, trying to resolve the image as much as possible on location. I feel this painting is a lot more about my experience, and less about the representation, although aspects of the painting are representational.
When returning to the studio, i played around with some of the drawings i made, and tried a different style composition. Letting the paint be paint, moving it around and allowing it to drip etc..
This image in turn is completely different to the other on location study, i don't feel you get the same sense of atmosphere in the work, but i feel that aspects of this painting will help me move forward in the paintings to come. Getting back to the idea of not forcing paint in to place, and enjoying the happy accidents.