Ebb Tide, Rhossili


The Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal range in the world, exceeded only by the Bay of Fundy in Canada. Hence at low tide it’s a very long walk to the water’s edge at Rhossili! Worm’s Head is accessible at low tide via the isthmus shown at the top right corner of the painting. This view is taken from the top of Rhossili Downs that skirt the whole length of the bay.

This painting is unusual for me because it is made up of just a few clearly defined blocks of colour locked together to provide a simple but strong composition. I usually enjoy rendering details and textures, but in this case I’ve deliberately kept the rendering within these colour planes to a minimum in order to increase the chromatic impact of the intense light of a bright summer’s day.

This is a 12 x 12 inch oil painting on canvas board completed in one session a week ago.


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