On the easel today

On the easel today is an oil painting 12 x 16 inches of a favourite bay here in Moray. I have painted this scene three times now each time varying the time of day, colours etc. I still have some more to do on this painting.  This is the last week of my holidays away from the tutoring.  It has taken a while to get back into my painting this year. I had another session with my new physio and the way forward is for me to paint for just an hour a day, which I have been managing to do.  As I love seascapes so much I thought I would carry on with my favourite view which is about half an hour from where I live. The great thing about the sea is that it always looks different, depending on weather and lighting conditions so I thought I could try and vary the same scene in as many ways possible.  I still need to tidy up the foreshore and think about the water area some more!

I hope you are all well and painting during this fine summer we are having.  Autumn is just starting here, the cherry tree is starting to turn her leaves to russet red and brown and other shrubs and trees are starting to follow her.  It is very windy today and mild too. There has been quite a bit of rain this year but it always manages to shine with sun at intervals. At least it has not been chilly. I have memories of past summers wearing a warm waterproof at least you only need to take a brolly out with you and not a jacket!

More on the beach painting

I decided to carry on with the beach painting I had posted here last. I wanted to create more cloud forms and have been fascinated with pushing on with this little oil painting. Since I took this photo I added a bit more warmth to the sky and land area. It is looking more like one of my favourite local beaches. I love the beaches near my home, those big skies and horizons that go on for miles. I can see Caithness on a clear day and the mountain Morvan, though I haven't painted it in ages!

I have started another painting, another coast. I seem to find myself revisiting a location in paint, but with different mood and lighting. More on that for another day!

Happy painting to you all!

Local Beach

Summer days are still here and it is breezy down on the beach. This is a small oil painting on canvas board 10 x 12 inches.  Hard to imagine that this simple scene that I wanted to be most of all about an ordinary day at the beach without my usual drama of the impending storm was so hard to paint. It has changed many times over the last week and I want it to remain fresh looking and to be how I see my beach on an average day. There are many blue sky days but always with lots of clouds that create interest.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer days and painting too!