Monday, 24 August 2009

Sea Stack

The coast round these parts has a lot of stacks that stand like sentinels facing the North Sea. They have all sorts of interesting shapes and this one has a hole right through it creating an arch. As regular followers will have noticed, it is to the coast that I go most often when I get time to paint and I am very fortunate that there is such good subject material close at hand. The challenge, of course, is doing the wonderful sights some sort of painterly justice. Once again the visit coincided with dull, flat light, for me a painter's nightmare as I try to develop my work on colour, values and knife technique.

I am discovering that the knife is a great tool for rendering rocks and am delighted that it is starting to fit with one of my favourite subjects. Don't know if I'll get out again this week, but I'm going to have to get my watercolour kit in shape as I've got a place on a course starting on September 6th, but more of that in a later post.

Sea Stack - Oil on canvas board 12" x 10"

2 comments:

rob ijbema said...

you did well with the knife mick
the textures work well
i really like the complimentary blue against orange

Mick Carney said...

Rob, thanks for visiting and for the kind comment. The knife adds a different dimension to the technique. I enjoy the rippling impasto that is possible and it seems to be possible without too much disturbance of the paint layers underneath.