Cumulus Over Holkham
Oil on Panel
Hello I hope that you are safe and well.
In an earlier blog post at the beginning of the lock-down I wrote about how, along with most artists, I welcome peace, quiet and solitude to work in. However when these sought after conditions have been forced upon me I have found it difficult to concentrate. While I sit quietly at the easel there is the distraction of an underlying agitation, guilt that I can do what I like to do whilst others cant and conscious that many are suffering, some are dying and others are putting their lives on the line to save lives . . . while all I can do to help is stay at home.
In this mindset and after countless false starts on paintings a desire to wander further both literally and with my work emerged. I have procrastinated over painting landscapes for so long. Now seemed the appropriate time to start. Although I am obviously unable to get out to paint I have reference material to work from and my thinking is that the challenge of different subject matter would be more engaging and might ‘take me off elsewhere’.
So my first offering is of the north Norfolk coastline at Holkham. One of my favourite walks with Elgar is Wells to Holkham over the vast stretches of golden sand that seem to go on forever under huge dramatic Norfolk skies. No two days are the same on this walk with ever changing cloud formations, shifting tides and moving sandbanks busy with seals. There is an overwhelming sense of freedom here – and that’s something we all crave right now, may have taken for granted in the past and pray will return in the not too distant future.
God Bless & Stay Safe