Tuesday, January 31, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

I have two more to add which makes 25. It isn't quite 30, but I'm satisfied.

Number 24. Sunset over Trédrez-Locquémeau.

Sunset over Trédrez-Locquémeau.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

The rock formations are pretty impressive in this region of Brittany.

I didn't manage to do my 30 in 30, but 24 is an improvement on last time.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Number 23. Rollers.

6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

Give me large waves and I'm happy, but painting them in oils is a frustrating business. I guess practice makes perfect. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Number 22. Shallow Reflections

Shallow Reflections
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

This is a stronger more detailed version of a painting I did a number of years ago. I just love reflections on water.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Number 21. Breaking Up.

Breaking Up.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

Continuing the seaside theme, here is one of thousands of breakers I captured this year at a beach somewhere here in France.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Number 20. Pointe de Séhar 2..

Pointe de Séhar 2.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

Another study of the Pointe de Séhar trying to catch that spray caught in the evening sun.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Number 19. Cote de Granit Rose

Cote de Granit Rose.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

This coastline was amazing and I'm already wanting to get back there.
This is day 19 of the 30 seascapes in 30 days and I'm already behind.
C'est la vie!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Number 18.Saint-Philibert

6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

There's nothing like a splash of colour at the seaside to get me inspired to paint. But, for some reason, I can't get the brightness of the blue that I really want.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Number 17.Pointe de Séhar

Pointe de Séhar
6x6 inches.Oil on Board.

I love the sea...the wilder the better.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Number 16.Trédrez-Locquémeau

6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

We had a weekend in the N.W area of Brittany for our wedding anniversary in October and visited lots of coastal areas...this being one of them. I loved the colours as the sun faded then disappeared.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Number 15. Rocky Pink

Rocky Pink

6x6 Inches. Oil on Board.

This is on the west coast of Ireland. The early morning sun did actually reflect pink on the crashing waves, but I'm treating this as a little bit of modern art.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Number 14. Body Boarders

Body Boarders
6x6 inches. Oil on Board

I had to change the sky several times in order for it to tie in with everything else. I was tempted to change everything else as I don't really like doing skies.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Number 13. Summertime Shimmer

Summertime Shimmer
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

It being Friday 13th, it's no wonder I struggled with this. I had it perfect...then on a whim i changed it. Wrong decision. I may overpaint it. I may not!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Number 12. Loose Medium Wave Length

Loose Medium Wave Length.
8x8 inches. Oil on Board.

This is the looser, larger and more impressionistic version of the painting I did yesterday. I actually painted it at the same time so that I could get ahead of my 30 in 30 and to see if I enjoy painting loose more than something more detailed.
The verdict...I'm not really sure. This larger painting took more paint but a lot less time. I guess it comes down to just how I feel on the day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Number 11. Medium Wave Length

Medium Wave Length
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

It's all about the colour for this painting. I enjoyed it so much that I painted a larger one at the same time (8x8 inches) and more impressionistic in style that I will post tomorrow, perhaps. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Number 10. Surge.

6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

It was definitely a challenge. I'm beginning to have second thoughts about painting 30 seascapes. They are so hard to do. Perhaps I should do some simple intuitive ones?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Number 9. Buried Treasure.

Buried Treasure
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

It's always fascinating to see what's uncovered by an outgoing tide.
We have a collection of pebbles and stones in our living room from around the world.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Number 8. Pebbles

6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

I enjoyed painting the pebbles. Waves, beach and sky means this painting could be anywhere in the world, even though it's just down the road, here in Brittany. Next week I'll be off to photograph some stormy conditions at the coast. I really fancy some choppy waves to paint.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Number 7. Incoming Tide, Quiberon.

Incoming Tide, Quiberon.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

This is further back along the beach at Saint-Pierre. It's a great little beach and I can't wait to visit it again. What hit me the most was the colour of the water and the soft sand. There a lots of beaches in Brittany and they each have their own characteristics.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Number 6. Plage de Port Blanc, Saint-Pierre, Quiberon.

Plage de Port Blanc, Saint-Pierre, Quiberon.
6x6 inches. Oil on Board.

This was our favourite beach for the Summer of 2016. The colour of the  water, the soft sand, the coastal walks and the magnificent arch which is right near these rocks...I'll paint it soon if I find the confidence..

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Number 5. Moored

6x6 inches. Oil on Board

I thought I'd try the contemporary palette knife approach in an attempt to stay clear of detail.
I think the blues, yellows, oranges and reds compliment each other quite well.
I took the photo many years ago while travelling in France and attempted to paint it in detail and failed miserably, resulting in it being scraped totally clean. It's disappointing at the time, but I take comfort from the fact that all is not lost. I stll had a board ready primed. The original colours were early afternoon blues and it was an unhappy little painting...pretty drab and depressing, really. These colours are more towards evening and far from being unhappy or drab.
Never throw unsuccessful paintings away...just scrape them clean, let them dry, put it out of sight for a while then try again with fresh eyes and a different mood.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Number 4. Rocky Shore

Rocky Shore
6x6 inches. Oil on Board

If you think this looks familiar, you are right. It's the same painting as yesterday. I've overpainted it to resemble what it actually looks like and made it more colourful. The good thing is that I still have an image of yesterday's effort. The bad new is that I can never sell it.
I'm much happier with the colours and looseness.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Number 3. Ripple

6x6 inches Oil on Board
I'm slowly getting into it, but I'm nowhere near loose enough for my liking. Perhaps tomorrow!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Number 2 Sand, Sea, Seaburn

Sand, Sea, Seaburn.
6x6 inches Oil on Board.

Another painting that didn't make the grade a number of years ago. I've completely over-painted it and made the sky more dramatic, toned the sand down and added definition and colour to the landscape. This was my childhood local beach, so it was worth giving it a second chance..