Monthly Archives - April 2017

Haile Sand Fort Sunrise

Haile Sand Fort Sunrise

Following on from my previous stormy painting of the sand fort I decided to give it another go, this time focussing on a photograph I took of it at sunrise back in June 2009.

It was a very calm morning and we’d walked to the beach in Cleethorpes around 3:30am, it was just starting to become light and the air was pretty fresh. We’d walked past the boating lake at this point and the sun was just beginning to rise over the horizon and the sky was on fire. I took a lot of photographs on this trip, some of them I have already painted, some I would like to paint at a later date.

The sea was a little choppy that morning and so I decided to experiment with a palette knife and some structure gel on this piece to give it some texture and life. Overall I think I need some more practice but it was fur to have a bit of a play. I was unsure whether to paint in the out of focus san you can see at the bottom of the painting. Where I was positioned for the photograph there was a bit of a dune so its no possible to see the tide meeting the sand. I’m glad I left it in as it adds a bit of a frame to the drama above.

Hopefully I will be exhibiting this work at the Grainthorpe art festival in august if you’d like to see it in person. I just need to figure out a price.


This is my latest painting. It’s based on a picture i took while walking around Dovestone Resevoir. It was a gorgeous sunny day and it was mostly quiet save a few other walkers. For the most part I’m not entirely happy with this picture, overall I feel its lacking life and drama, maybe it was the time of day, sunshine doesn’t always lend itself to dramatic scenes. It was a good experiment to try some more conventional colours but I think for my next piece I’ll look to do something more exciting.


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