a visual and written journal of a relationship with the sea
inter-tidal zone (inspired)
my journals and sketches began quietly, with walks along the estuary last summer.
I am attempting a mindful state in my drawing, some of the first views are of the reeds on the estuary.
From now through solstice the early winter light is uplifting capturing it is momentary due to cloud cover in the day. It’s been humid and the days unfold into light rain, the tides are influenced by a wider sky,
Herodotus described the Nile tides as being fixed alongside the solstice seasonal shift, marked by it’s ebb and flow, an influence on building with regard to the position of the sun.
Painting days are timed for before the seasonal holiday rush, where holiday traffic builds in the town and again just before January when the traffic is quiet, the peaceful atmosphere of the land is at it’s best.
gwydir forest ref; painter unknown
This lake painting has been in my archive for a while, I don’t know who the artist is but the brush work is interesting on closer viewing, especially towards the sky.
Inter-tidal has been a long project to produce, due to intervening jobs to support the work.The finality of it in terms of landscape and water took me inland again, in holiday time with friends we reached some local lakes and into the beautiful Gwydyr forest, this painting reminds me of its atmosphere of stillness.
A lake painting was inspired there and more may follow, to form a few end group of paintings in the arts centre space.
In a sense the lake/llyn of coastal Wales are a good representation of the source of the rivers which flow into the estuaries. They meet the sea water at the inter-tidal zone which is the environmental inspiration of where it began. If anyone here recognises this Autumn painting let me know.
The paintings are completed for this project, the artwork will be stored for the winter to exhibit next year sometime, hopefully Spring.
It’s been an interesting project for me because of the way painting activity coincided with the cycle of the Autumn equinox which is when it began two years ago.
Being in a very rural region the pattern of the seasons determine life activities in a direct way.
I’ve learnt a lot about the sea and it’s moods and colours, but also a fragment of the history of the coast, which is vast and rich.
With an ongoing engagement with possibly one of the smallest maritime museums in Wales ‘Ty Gwyn’ , which houses a whole display of items found off the coast relating to a shipwreck, it seemed fitting to display some of my coastal drawings there longer term.
I’ll write a post when the exhibition is displayed and look out on a-n events when I exhibit the project in 2017.
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I have two blank canvases to paint and a few drawings to frame before the close of this project- production wise.
The timing falls within the equinox change to Autumn so it seems fitting especially when the coastal feel has changed again from light and busy to a quieter place, almost deserted of traffic.. and warm sunshine, although Autumn can bring the sun and stunningly clear evenings.
The last painting I did was based on the sea gulls song.
Song of Seagulls
The shapes and courses of water become more fascinating as the projects develops. The light also, I noted the way it bounces from the surface in the early morning. These are sketch-photos for painting reference and ideas.
Sounds also play a part in the paintings, on the latest canvas I’m attempting to capture the sound of seagulls in the air.