Autumn on the clifftops
have been working outside,over the last few months,
painting the landscape around my workshop.
Colours between the autumnal equinox & the winter solstice
seem to be more subtle & saturated than any other time of the year, here in West Cornwall.
All of these watercolours were painted out on “location”
on the windswept moors & cliff tops. Wind ,rain & fast changing weather meant that I had to respond very quickly,using a large sable brush,working in a “wet on wet” technique.
Some attempts were continued, later in doors in the dry,
using a smaller more detailed brush
I hope that using these very contrasting techniques,
the rapid & intuitive “plein air” brushwork, & the finer detailed work,
have combined to create an impression of the colour, energy ,
movement ,space & rapid change in this wild autumn landscape ?
Some details from these paintings
Closer up, even the finer details can be ambiguous?
Underneath, loose amorphous areas of coloured washes ,
are over painted with smaller brushmarks to describe details .
The calligrahic marks of both the wet & dry brush-work,
combine to create a range of scale, & texture & interpretations.