Another year has been completed at Sidmouth Folk Festival and I loved it!!
Despite the not so great weather this year, where we had to be ready with the gazebo sides at the slightest sign of rain as it inevitably ended up being a down pour! But we were prepared with clear sides that wrapped all the way round the front of the gazebo, just leaving a little doorway, much to my envious neighbours displeasure, we were as snug as a bug and just sat it out until the sun came back out.
It was great to see so many returning customers from the past two years, including the new owners of the Corn Field original painting, who purchased it back in 2015, who popped in to say hello and see whats new.
I am finding there is a definite liking for either the new Animal paintings or the Tree paintings, so I have started to put them on either side, which seems to work well.
We finished the week off with a stand at the new Bridport Folk Festival, which went really well too.
We are back to the "normal" jobs for a week and then its off to have some fun as punters at a festival in Brighton and then we are going over to the French house for 10 days to get some more work on it done.
No rest for the wicked!
Then it will be Chardstock, RSPCA Fun Day at West Hatch and Priston in September.
I always seek to achieve movement in my paintings. To creat depth in works that might otherwise become overwhelmed by the detail.
I love the sea. I like to see the intense colour of a flat sea. I remember the first time I drank in the liquid turquoise that welcomed me to the south coast of Cornwall, looking down on the water from way above. I was mesmerised. It involked feelings of a tropical paradise, something I had only seen in a travel brochure.
But I thrive on movement. My brain creates its own when I am in places or periods of calm. I am more enthused by a stormy sea, the big waves rolling over each other as they are whipped up by the wind into fluffy white tops. Tumbling. Crashing. Churning. Cleansing. A feast for the senses, as you smell the ozone, taste the salt spray, hear the orchestra and feel the power of the elements. Walking on a beach in a storm is one of my true pleasures and usually I'm one of the few people taking part in this force of nature.
I have painted many seascapes, using different techniques and view points. I have found the best way to create the turbulance in the works have been to work quickly, in an almost impressionist way, using colours straight from the tube, mixed on the canvas with brush, brush end, pallet knife, spoon, fingers, stick. Wet paint pushed around the canvas until the desired result is achieved.
My puffin was a bit different. I decided to create a moving, alive, turbulent seascape using detail. Detail takes time. Particularly when incorporating familiar elements from previous works but in a different setting. So the detail in puffin is intended to move a two dimensional, decorative sea, into the realms of a thriving, yet challenging enviroment. The colour scheme is that of a stormy sea. The whole painting is set off by the grey skyscape, with simple spray details added using a toothbrush. The size of the sea is shown by the rolling horizon.
The puffin was the easy part. I knew what position it was going to take. I knew how I wanted to paint it. It is impressionistic, but is the reality element of the painting. It implies the challenge it has faced in going to sea on a fishing trip, to return with its bounty of sand eels. It implies a certain bravery in facing the elements to bring up its young. It also demonstrates its place within nature, rather than watching from afar and waiting for the storm to pass.
As you will learn from my work, it is a celebration of nature, much of it unknown or unappreciated. It is a reaction to the human world we have created. We look on and wait. We have things on a plate. Puffin is another allegory of the struggles we all face and so many of us are not strong enough to embrace. Some things cannot be ignored. Sometimes you have to just go out and get what you need to survice. I'll let you decide for yourself what those things are!
Here is a link to a video looking at more detail. Its not great but I'm learning! Click HERE