This month, I've been concentrating on creating a series of sunset watercolour paintings based on views from St Annes-on-sea beach in Lancashire. The artwork shown above is Twilight, St Annes-on-sea.
The magical colour, light and atmosphere of sunset is something I enjoy painting, especially in watercolour painting. I think the medium lends itself well to the delicate colours, tones and textures you find during sunset by the seashore.
With sunset over the sea comes beautiful graduations of colour, soft light in the skies and contrasting light from the sea's varied movements, surfaces and depths. Also the sparkling light over the shore and where wet sands meet the sea.
I was inspired by the beautiful light and atmosphere of sunset, as you look over the open sandy beach. The solitude, the sense of peace and experiencing nature's rhythms are something that I find special and are reflected in my paintings.
They are calm, serene paintings reflecting the light of sunset and the movement over the shallow shore at St Annes with its miles of sands at low tide.
I've kept them simple and minimal with the figurative element of flying seabirds to suggest scale. Textures are created using the natural surface qualities of Arches Aquarelle artist paper along with varying amounts of water.
The smaller size makes these watercolours ideal for displaying in modest sized spaces and they stand out with their lovely range of tones and colours. They are beautiful fine art reminders of that most precious sense of peace and calm which we all need.
Published October 2017