Painting at Dendy Beach, Brighton
I painted at Dendy beach, Brighton, this week. Beautiful blue skies, reasonably warm and no wind.
Here’s one looking towards the city
Then I stood up, stretched and turned around and painted this one.
When I paint on the spot (plein air painting ) , I’m looking to catch the colour and the feeling. I also take photos.
Back in the studio I use both the painting and the photos to use as reference to produce large acrylic on Canvas works. These are a combination of loose impressionist style painting and detailed realism, like this.
It’s a process I enjoy. I always thinking its ‘ not a bad office’, sitting on the beach. Im totally absorbed in what I’m doing, completely lost in time. I used to fish quite a bit , but lately Ive been painting- I have a better strike rate when I go painting.
I also enjoy painting in my studio late at night, often til 2am , listening to mixes of my latest album, periodically stopping painting to make a few changes to the mix ( a bit less reverb on the drums, add another string part on, bass up a bit, etc… ).
I recommend getting out and painting on the spot. There’s nothing like getting a few grains of sand in the beach (& occasionally on the picture blue of the sky). I also enjoy chatting to people as I work. I certainly don’t mind people stopping to talk and watch me work- must be the performer in me.
I’ve painted on location a lot over the years. It feels good to be out doors.
I recommend a wander by the water to blow a few cobwebs away, get things in perspective.
Trap me catch me post me deliver me
Trust me speak to me hear me love me
Rush me push me use me love me
In my own time in my own way in my own time
I’ll risk and I’ll burn and I’ll die and I’ll turn
I’ll seek and I’ll grow and I’ll live and I’ll learn
Like a river to the sea to the sky to the mountain