'Windy Day - Carbis Bay' study
oil on board 8" x 8"
I was eager to get this one started this afternoon as the light was fading fast so determined not to faff in any way, shape or form. I had to use up a whole shed load of oil paint on my palette before it went rock hard. (Can't quite get the portions right, bit like when you've got friends round for a meal and cook enough potatoes to feed a small, African country.)
Carbis Bay is the last stop on the Branch line train before St Ives. It's a beautiful 5 minute journey on the train as it clings to the edge of the land so at some points you feel as if you're riding the surf. I've taken hundreds of photos of this bay from the beach and cliff and no two are ever the same. (Hmm...that's an idea...a series?)
For the previous 10 or so paintings I've just painted straight onto the white canvas board. If truth be known, I really love having a coloured ground to begin with and as oils take a squillion years to dry - I'm having withdrawal symptoms. So thought I'd break all the rules, paint an acrylic ground first and give it a bit of a blow dry.
Seems to have worked, though I'm sure I'm not meant to do it. Sacrosanct? Philistine? Big mistake?
With a big blob of white to use up, thick, humungous clouds were the order of the day.
I was much happier painting on the coloured ground and letting it peak through, like I used to do with acrylics.
Funny...but painting in this style feels 'natural' to me. I didn't angst over anything (for a change) and actually enjoyed it. It helps that I actually LOVE the place I painted.
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