I Can See The Sea
oil on wood
76 x 50.5 x 2.5cm
I have always wanted to paint the sea, having lived on the coast as a child and being keen swimmer, but struggled to find my own perspective and idea of how to paint it. I really hate bad sea paintings made with cerulean blue, they are a pet hate of mine. The sea where I live is not blue! It is green and silty.
A friend posted an incredible photo of the sea, taken by going in up to his neck with his iphone and it was this photo which inspired this painting ( thank you Michael) and my subsequent fascination with photographing waves using a waterproof camera.
To date this is the only sea painting I have made, but I have several drawings. I am trying to solve all technical issues with painting the subject before embarking on large sea pantings. Watch this space.
This painting has a very soft lilac sky, with corresponding highlights on the waves. I added a distant tanker as this sight is synonymous with swimming in the North Sea, there are always large ships on the horizon, and having grown up in Great Yarmouth I hold a strong interest and love of working ships and boats.
Painted on a braced birch wood panel with bare wood edges. The painting is unframed and can be hung without a frame.