My painting process starts with some sketches to consider my composition, study my subject and refine my ideas about what I want to express.
“Strand at Sunset, Dunmore East” focuses on the drama of the warm evening light on the cliff face, the deep shadow patterns, and the directional force of the tide pools and banks of seaweed, drawing the eye into the distance.
The light is changing fast, so I start with a reference photo
A quick sketch in pen and ink allows me to study the rock strata and the shapes of the seaweed masses
And a “notan” drawing in three tones – black, white and grey – to simplify the pattern of lights and darks
Watercolour sketch using Inktense blocks
Oil Painting Step 1 – simple outline and placement of light and shade
Step 2 – blocking in main shapes, loose brushwork at this stage
Step 3 – adding texture and detail with the palette knife
“Strand at Sunset, Dunmore East”, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm