Padstow Harbour is so very well known for its fish restaurants that I thought a view of the nets and fishing paraphernalia to be seen when the tides’ out and all the ropes are trailing in the bottom of the harbour. I have given the impression of a busy scene but have been very selective about what I have drawn the viewers’ attention to.
The pictuesque town of Fowey is one of the most popular places to visit in Cornwall.The narrow roads climb steeply away from the river and I have captured the feeling of depth as the houses seem to crush together and crane to gain a view of the river! The water reflects almost white light from the palest of skies, the definition is kept to a minimum to emphasise certain areas of interest and bring the whole picture together as a piece.
The subject matter for this still life just leapt into my picture! It became almost completely abstract as it began to take shape, although if you look carefully you will see the shapes of the little rabbit, the duck and the petals of some of the flowers. I played around with the perspective quite a lot so as to flatten the shapes within the picture to enhance the abstract qualities of it.
I have always challenged myself to sketch something and to paint a picture everyday. This is the very best way for an artist to improve their work. These small paintings, mostly in oils, are some of the results of my endeavours. Painted on gessoed mountboard, these tiny paintings were a real challenge, as it is far easier to work on a large surface in an expressive way.