Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sienna glow.

                    Dune and Drift   Oils on canvas board   8 x 8 inches   ON HOLD

A sienna grey theme in this study of dunes in winter. 
 Snow still lies in small drifts covering the coastal grasses.  

Studio Musings...

I am feeling a definite winter theme in my work this week.  After I painted 'Wild Wolds' I wanted to return to the scene and paint a second piece.  Alas...things didn't quite work as the painting was on a different course as it morphed into a coastal study instead.

Rather than wipe over my work I let the painting evolve into what you see above.  

Mark-making is central to my work along with value.  Colour is also important but I have noticed a strength to my painting when I allow a range of values.  Not too many or the painting will become too close toned.  My darks in this piece are mixed with Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna and a touch of Permanent Rose.  I vary the amounts depending on how I want to depict the shadows and depth.  Coloured darks have life whereas black would be too dense.  The transparency of these colours give the luminosity I want.


  1. Your work is absolutly outstanding. Been meaning to tell you this for a while. Love how you abstract and/or simplify. Wishing my mind worked the same.
    the Best to you, Sue

  2. Thank you Sue. It is so encouraging to hear these comments. I shall 'keep on keeping on'. Anne.

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