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.
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.