Oil on Board, 9 x 12 inches
Just realised that I haven't posted anything for such a long time. I actually haven't painted much in the last month, mainly due to a long-overdue holiday, working on a property, running the gallery and duties with the Royal Society of Marine Artists as social media person and hanging the annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London yesterday. I have 6 paintings in the show, and although it's very late notice, if anyone would like to come to the Private View tomorrow, Wed 4th October between 11am - 8pm, drop me a line by emailing me here and I can email you an e-vite for the PV which is valid for the duration of the exhibition, which finishes on Sat 14th October.
The above painting is one I finished last month from one painted en plein air on the Isle of Skye last May. The weather was very warm indeed, but the cloud rolled in, almost covering the distant mountains and turning the sea grey. Then the sun came out again. These are the most trying conditions for painting on site, and you inevitably end up chasing the light, changing colours and tones constantly. I decided the sunny look provided the most pleasing painting, so opted for that in the end, back in the studio.
The receding tones from foreground to the distant hills provides a nice sense of aerial perspective to the painting, giving the illusion of depth to a two-dimensional painting.