Sunday, August 31, 2008

Moonlight walkers

I freely admit to being fascinated with the sky, and no less so with a cloudy moonlit night. On the few occasions when the moon is high and soft fluffy clouds cross its path I have observed the colours and hoped to be able to paint it and convey the majesty of such times. The colour of the sky itself is another factor and not easy to fathom when looking at it. Its certainly not black or shades of pure grey. Combinations of paynes grey and cobalt blue seemed to work quite well. As a strict rule I never use pure white in daytime clouds - it just doesnt work, even a very slight tint of colour seems to do the trick. However, with the moonlit sky, no greater white light can be had than that of the moon and fringes of the cloud with the moon almost peeking out are certainly as white as white and I have painted it as such. This little study painting of only 7x5 inches caught what I wanted in a moonlit night at the wonderful Goolwa beach. Not that Ive walked there on such a night or the night at all but I used the reference photos I had taken in the day as a basis of a night scene. I have included a section of the sky of the larger painting below 120x180cm that is almost finished - its just what I was looking for in the clouds.

I hope one day that I will be able to catch such a scene in the flesh on one full moon night and just walk and revel in perhaps a once-in-a-life experience. I hope whoever buys the study painting and the larger work will share in that wonderful dream.
Moonlight beach walkers - 5"x7" canvas board. SOLD

Friday, August 22, 2008

The longest walk

This little painting is based on a photo taken half-way on a walk along the length of Adelaide's metropolitan beaches - some 25km. The yachts at the Henley South Yacht club were preparing to set sail but I wondered how they would sail on such a calm day. It was interesting to see first-hand and in one day, the different types of beaches that are only a bus or train ride away. It's a walker's paradise at any time of year and in warmer months it offers recreation and coolness for thousands. This was the half-way point in the walk but already I was hobbling with blisters and more - got some great photos though!
Henley South Yacht day - acrylic on linen board - 8"x4"

Last surf

It's late afternoon just east of Victor Harbor and a couple of surfers are getting in their last surf before the curtains of night are drawn. The beach here, that stretches right down to the Coorong has its own sound. With the Southern ocean waves that seem to continually roll along in lines, you can't hear one particular wave. The sound of all of them together is like the resounding applause in a huge stadium. Perhaps it's natures way of appreciating the grand spectical of this ampitherical coast.
Last surf - 4"x8" linen board.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Goolwa beach shadows

I've seen many wonderful beaches in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, but Goolwa beach in South Australia takes some beating. Better known for being close to the Murray Mouth and the Coorong, Goolwa boasts one the the most expansive beaches around. A constant swell from the Southern Ocean is always appreciated by the surfers and body-borders that go there. Amazingly, many South Australians are unaware of the beach here. Its a beach to be walked and there is no shortage of those who walk it. Often cocklers are to be seen with bare feet feeling for cockles in the wet sand with buckets in hand - its a colourful sight. I've painted this beach several times on large canvases, as the bigness of the place almost demands it be painted that way, with its large wall of sandhills, extra wide shallows and a beach the disappears into the ocean spray that looks etherial as it envelopes the distance in haze.

8"x4" Acrylic on canvas board

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

While it was raining outside

This little painting was done during the Cathedral SALA exhbition in Adelaide. It was raining outside and I'd been out there taking photos for future rainy day paintings. The rain kept visitors away but I painted from a vantage point were I could see people come in through the main doors and wander around looking at the works. It rained outside, as I painted the beach and blue skies indoors. It's a study painting but still has depth and life. It is of no particular place, but I'm sure there is somewhere in the world just like this.

8"x10" acrylic on canvas board.

'Afternoon Beach'


A study in clouds

This little study painting was completed with others during my SALA (South Australian Living Artists exhibition) at the Adelaide Cathedral. Not only was it a study painting but also valuable brush time in a place not normally associated with painting. Brush-time is the life-blood of artists - there is no progress without it. The painting is of no place inparticular but the sum of many beach scenes I have painted. It could be of a beach near you.