Tuesday 19 January 2016

Day 19 - Ocean Curls

Acrylic on board 16cm x 16cm

Below is another excerpt from my book "Grabbing the Muse by the Throat".

Sunday was upon me and yet again it was my last day to paint. I painted an ocean-scape from a photo I’d taken the day before while walking along the coast. I’d had my camera with me in the hope of getting a good shot of some waves for painting reference. As luck would have it the waves were so perfect and tubular I could practically hear the pounding intro of a Beach Boys song. Having begun walking a little more regularly I found it doubled well as a means of scouting out good painting subjects. 
The painting only took around an hour and a half to complete. I was thrilled – and somewhat shocked – that finally, a painting had actually lived up to my wild optimism. The elusive loose style I was after finally came through. I’d used a small 15cm x 23cm (6 x 9 inch) canvas covered board, and laid the paint on rather thick so the brush strokes could be seen. I was frolicking with excitement and christened it Perfect Conditions. It was a far cry from painting on location, but there was still something organically lovely about creating a picture of a scene I had just enjoyed in the flesh the day before.
Perfect Conditions 2012


  1. Great excerpt! Great paintings!!

  2. I really like both of the paintings but especially the second one.

  3. Like them both.
    Drawn to the middle of the first painting as I see a creature.
    I see many things in paintings, it's my imagination you know :)

  4. I love your description of frolicking with excitement. I know that feeling when creativity takes over! Beautiful art!

  5. The ocean curls remind me of porpoises. I like both of these!!

  6. Two awesome paintings , love the freedom and movement in the abstract, but the second one is gorgeous too and gives another kind of emotion...and longing :-)

  7. I like the abstract and the one you talked about in the book. I finished the book, and felt decidedly sad at doing so.

    Next week if I have time, I will write a post about it, and get Steven to take my picture reading it in the freezing cold, snow covered garden to make you laugh.

    Thank you.


    1. Thanks so much Barbara! I'm so glad you enjoyed my book and would love to see a photo of you with it in the snow!

  8. Love the Ocean Curls Wendy.It has fabulous freedom...looks like dolphins. I have just caught up with your 30/30 paintings,they are wonderful, it's not an easy task!!

  9. Thanks so much for your lovely comments everyone! I hope to get back to my regular response to every comment once the pressure is off.