These are two fairly new paintings, of the beach near Berwick upon Tweed in the snow. They are both painted in oil on canvas board.
These paintings have a special meaning for me, being based on photos that I took back in January 2013. My father was seriously ill in hospital in Newcastle at the time. I was travelling there daily from Berwick to visit him. One day it all became too much to bear, and I took the day off to walk on the beach instead.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, the intense blue of the sky contrasting with the golden sand and the crisp white snow. It felt like a gift from nature at a really horrible time, one which I will never forget.
I have completed two new paintings recently, of rather different subjects. The first one is called “Tulips”:
It is painted in oils, and is based on some tulips I saw growing at the Courts Garden, which is a National Trust property in Holt in Wiltshire. I think that it is not entirely satisfactory as a composition, however I am please that I did manage to make the tulips stand out quite well, which was the main point of the painting.
The second painting is called “Lamplight”:-
It is painted in acrylics. I tried out the effect of painting the canvas background black beforehand – I think it worked quite well for the subject matter.
I spent some time thinking about whether the human figure should be walking into the light, or away from it, eventually I decided that I wanted his face to be in shadow, so painted him walking away, into the darkness.