January day, Three Cliffs Bay

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Finished today… at least I think it’s finished. Someone said a painting is never finished, it’s simply abandoned. Knowing when to stop – or to abandon the painting – is something of a challenge for me. I do tend to overwork.

Anyway, this is an oil painting, 16×12 inches, on Winsor & Newton canvas board. I painted it from a few charcoal sketches made on a very cold day in January, 2019, and from memory. I was lucky that the rain held off long enough. I include the primary sketch below.

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Dog Walkers, Langland Bay

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I don’t post a painting for several months and then two come along in as many days! I made this small painting today, and it’s still glistening wet. It’s a 10x12inch oil painting on canvas board, and took about three hours to complete.

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Moonlight over the Great Tor

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This is a bit different for me – a nocturne of Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, looking towards the Great Tor. I painted it in one hit today, and it’s still wet. I need to take another photograph when it’s dry.

A 12 x 16inches oil painting on canvas, mounted on board.

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Rhossili – weather closing in

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This painting was worked up from the initial sketch reproduced below. In many ways I like the unadulterated rawness of the sketch. There’s always a danger of over-working a painting, refining it and and putting in too much detail leaving little to the imagination. I hope I’ve not taken this painting too far in that direction.

Perhaps a few figures may yet appear on the beach to give the cliffs a sense of scale.

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Smeaton’s pier, St Ives

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A small oil painting of the popular and oft painted Smeaton’s pier in St Ives, Cornwall. This iconic landmark¬†was built between 1767 and 1770 by the engineer John Smeaton. I have used a limited colour palette, and have resisted the temptation to put more detail in the foreground boats, preferring the ambiguity of the forms that suggest, rather than fully articulate, the complexities of the working harbour. Oil on canvas board, 8 x 8 inches.

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Gower Surfer

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This is an oil painting finished today 10 inches square, framed size 17 inches square. The frame shown is a ‘St Ives style frame’, popularised by the modernist painters who inhabited that area of Cornwall around the mid twentieth century. They are still popular with the artist community of west Cornwall and I always buy a few of these frames every time I visit St Ives. I like the simple, clean, modern style, and have been unable to find a framer in my neck of the woods who can, or is willing, to make them.

This surfer could be Cornish, but happens to be local to me, spotted on a Gower beach. There are several beaches popular with surfers on the Gower Peninsula, including Langland Bay and of course Llangennith at the far end of Rhossili beach, which catches the Atlantic waves as they roll in.

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Dog-walker, Caswell, Gower

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This painting was finished this morning although it was started some weeks ago. Caswell Bay is one of the more easily accessible bays of Gower with a broad sandy beach. Oil on canvas board, 12 inches square (30x30cm).

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