Towards Church Bay
Acrylic inks, acrylic spray paints with Unison Colour pastel on (407 cream) Canson Mi-Tientes ‘Touch’ 350gsm pastel paper. 50 x 65cm
Again, the support was heat sealed to acid free mount board to give the support extra rigidity. Working almost vertically the acrylic inks in different consistencies from diluted to intense colour were allowed to deliberately run down the sheet. The effect is a grid like structure on which to develop the painting. Masking techniques were extensively used in every stage of the paintings development to create a contemporary and graphical response to scene. Pastel areas were also masked to harmonise with painted areas whilst others decisions were made to create more ‘free’ drawn and expressive marks in the painting as contrasts.
Cliff edges – Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales
Unison Colour soft pastels and Rembrandt pastel on Canson 1557 A2 180gsm paper. (42 x 59.4cm) 16.5 x 23.4 inches
The support is strong and very smooth yet accepts pastel really well, especially when plenty of fixative is used in layers. The bolder strewn cliffs tops along the coastline close to Rhoscolyn are a wonder to behold – its as if the sea tossed the stones to one side as it pounded the cliffs. There is no doubt more to it than that but they make wonderful shapes to artistically interpret. My intention was to create a stylistic pastel painting by ignoring a lot of unnecessary detail and creating a more ‘poster like’ final painting. It’s a great reference study for further development and to simplify again – most likely as an acrylic painting and much more abstract on a larger scale. One media always informs another.


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