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West Beach in the Morning


West Beach in the Morning
75.5 cm (w) x 60.5 cm (h), oil paints on canvas.
Date produced: While living at West Beach, after my first exhibition (1984-1986)

This was painted on-site, at the end of Rockingham Street, at West Beach. With this painting, I am trying to express a beautiful, crisp, clear morning with cool fresh air, and warm sunlight.

“The magic of colour, with the richness of reality and presence; being able to see the infinite detail, and to feel the freedom which most of it exists in. A mixture of greens and yellows against expanses of pale blues. The mysterious distance of the horizon, and the blue water.

“Just to forget, and be born for the moment, to experience such a fresh and vital new world.”

This painting was worked on between 9 am and 10:30 am, on about 5 days of similar weather. With this painting I tried to exaggerate (a little) the amount of yellow I saw, in order to better express the feeling of the sun’s light and warmth. This was something I thought of doing after seeing the effect of a discoloured artwork reproduction. It is something that I found works well, something I do regularly in my paintings and pastels of scenes in the sun.

I wanted to indicate the cool morning air, so I provided a frame of pale blue-grey around the image of the scene. Some months afterwards, I felt that the painting needed a line of dark green added inside the pale blue-grey.

 

 

 

Detail 1:

West Beach in the Morning - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

West Beach in the Morning - Detail 2

 

 


 

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Towards the Hills


Towards the Hills
84 cm (w) x 61 cm (h), oil paints on linen canvas.
Date produced: While living at West Beach, after my first exhibition (1984-1986)

I enjoy open areas of wild grasses, wild flowers and birds, especially in the sun with free breezes - lovely freedom and life, everywhere.

I produced this painting between about 2 pm and 3 pm in the afternoon, over a period of about one and a half months in early Spring. The colours in the painting are a little dark (I have corrected the reproduction a little), because the canvas was in full sunlight when I painted it. I have since learnt to keep my canvases (while working on them) in the shade, for better control of tones for the expression of bright sunlight.

 

 

 

Detail 1:

Towards the Hills - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

Towards the Hills - Detail 2

 

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