If you divert from Woldgate and head up the track towards the Boynton Folly, you come across this delightful view over the bay towards Barmston. I was really inspired by the clouds and the contrast between their cool grays and the warm tones of the partly harvested barley - a lovely picture.
As a landscape painter I became interested in the shapes of different clouds and how they affected a painting. I recognised very early on in my painting journey that the sky sets the tone of the rest of the painting, and if you get it right there is every chance the painting will finish up 'right'. I paint 'big' skies and do them quickly but that does not mean I have not taken care with them. In fact I take great care in working out exactly what I want before I start. Of course I work in watercolour so there is always an element of chance but when it works - does it work! The effects can be spectacular. I paint the basic colours with a wash brush but use a chisel brush for the darker shadows and always, always paint very 'wet on wet'.Here's a selection of cloud detail from my portfolio. I was surprised just how colourful some of them are! If you click on the image you will be able to see the whole painting.
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!