Waiting for the sunlight on a stormy day at Three Cliffs Bay.
I managed to make it down to Rhossili Bay this week. It has been raining on and off for weeks. I have been painting in my attic studio listening to the rain thundering down and I have got quite tired of that sound. So when I was greeted by clear skies I decided, on a whim, to drive down to Rhossili to see the autumn colours.
Yesterday was Clyne Farm’s first Christmas Market and we were blessed with sparkling crisp sunshine. It was very popular.
The sparkling autumn light is stunning. From a painter’s point of view is more interesting than summer light. I find it ironic that there’s less light around but its better quality, from an artists’ point of view. I still have not adjusted to the clocks going back last month, and I am still waking at 5 -5.30am!
I like this section of woodland as the pine needles on the ground deaden footsteps and although birdsong can be heard, it seems quieter than the surrounding beech wood.
This is the first woodland painting I have done for quite a while. This is a section of pine woods called Canisland Woods, near Parkmill, Gower.
Although I don’t think that I paint cows all that often, they have added up over the years.
My previous painting of Mewslade Bay, Gower, had been all about majesty and rocks but this one was different, it was more about colour and light.
As a painter, I feel that I have succeeded if I my work can provoke an emotional reaction.
In part one of this walk from Llanmadoc to Llanrhidian I walk along the edge of the salt marshes of north Gower coast and find a dark story from the Second World War.