Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Scolt Head

One of my favourite places to visit is the North Norfolk Coast, an area much loved by all sorts of artist. I've just recently returned from a short break in that part of the world and as usual taking an opportunity to paint was part of the plan.

I first became familiar with this part of the world when I decided to learn a little about oil painting and enrolled on a course at the Norfolk Painting School run by the estimable Martin Kinnear. Martin is expert in the wide range of techniques used by the Masters as well as being a fine painter. I can thoroughly recommend taking a course there or just a visit to see Martin's work. Alternatively have a look at the websites,  www.norfolkpaintingschool.com and www.makinnear.com .

One of the delights of the area is the ever changing sky and this is emphasised by the relatively flat landscape. The picture here was made at a place I've painted in the past, Barrow Common. One of the few hills in the area it gives a great view down to Brancaster Staithe and across to Scolt Head. I've employed a little licence here by exaggerating the size of Scolt Head and reducing the number of buildings visible from my chosen spot in the hope of making a better image.


Scolt Head from Barrow Common - Oil on canvas board 12" x 10"

16 comments:

L.W.Roth, said...

The fabulous sky was the first thing I noticed about this painting. It's a small painting, but the sky and the water make it appear very large--very grand Mick. Brilliant work.
--I do love the names of your places. They sound so much more inviting than Detroit. I'm not even sure we have names for our hills?

Sharon Whitley said...

Fabulous painting especially the sky

Ray Maclachlan said...

In a word Mick, BEAUTIFUL.

RH Carpenter said...

What struck me first was the beautiful sky but that light - like the sunlight peeking through in a ray from the stormy sky and starting to lighten up the sky and the land - well done!

Mick Carney said...

Linda - Thanks. That's the beauty of Norfolk, really big skies, they are addictive. As to place names, we've been at it a long time with lots of invasions and different cultural influences. But you have great diversity in your names too, Detroit is not the most interesting of them. think Penobscot or something similar.

Mick Carney said...

Sharon - Thanks for the kind words.

Mick Carney said...

Ray - Glad you like it.

Mick Carney said...

Rhonda - Thanks for the appreciative comment. I love it when I can capture a little feeling of light.

Nora MacPhail said...

Wow!! Just gorgeous. I love sky paintings. Really awesome.
Happy Painting.

Peter Ward said...

Overall a good effect but the sky is the thing!

Mick Carney said...

Nora - Thanks a lot, much appreciated.

Mick Carney said...

Peter - Cheers. Norfolk is the place to go for skies.

Yvonne Harry said...

Lovely Mick, like everyone else. I think the sky is great

Mick Carney said...

Yvonne - Thanks a lot.

Ron Guthrie said...

Great work in the sky Mick. These last two landscape pieces are very nice work. I like a painting with a low horizon and great sky and this one has that.

Mick Carney said...

Ron - Thanks a lot. You're right low horizons give the opportunity to produce drama in the sky and this particular part of the country lends itself to that approach.