I just love painting rocks! These little beauties are part of a sea defence system on the beach at Holland on Sea, Essex. I never tire of the scene, walking along the same stretch of sand. The sun casts its shadow of the day, and the rocks morph in magnificent tranquil perpetuity. Sometimes the light is so bright it grabs a space on the stone forming sharp, angular shapes with definite contrast in colour, light and shade. At other times there is a gradual soft, mesmerising, roll of hues playing on the smooth surface of the granite. I grab my palette knife and oil paints, and drag the paint across the canvas, directing the flow into nooks and crevices until the stones take shape in front of me. This painting has plenty of texture with its impasto style of application of paint.
Winsor and Newton Artisan water mixable Oil Colour on canvas board – framed in white 17″ x 17″