Making waves

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Oil on board, 49 x 48 inches

A mallard guides her brood across a muddy pond in the April sunshine.

In this painting I wanted to explore the idea of the empty space of flat colour, in the manner of the large abstract canvases of Rothko. I was also intrigued by the challenge of making this flat, largely featureless block of colour look like water.

I spent many hours at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) centre at Slimbridge, studying the muddy brown pools and painting squares of brown colour!

To get the colour of the water just right was critical to the success of this painting. On the final studio piece I wiped out and re-painted it three times before I was happy with it.

 

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  • Winter fox
  • St Mary’s seals
  • The Gathering
  • Short-eared owl
  • Abernethy Forest pool
  • Redshank alarm
  • Evening pools – wigeon
  • Silver light
  • Aberlady Bay
  • Fishing in the flow tide – Little egret
  • Long-eared owl
  • Shrimping
  • Purple sandpipers
  • Morecambe Bay waders
  • Storm surge – gannets at Bamburgh
  • Sandpiper flight
  • Lindisfarne Bay
  • Heading north – migrating dunlin
  • Redshank
  • Against the light
  • Spring tide
  • Marsh grass
  • Warming up
  • Snow petrel
  • Smiling at the sun (rock martins at Abu Simbel)
  • Salt marsh sentinel
  • Making waves
  • Log pile
  • The sand martin and the jellyfish
  • Humpbacks in the Gerlache Strait
  • Dipper
  • Beachcombers
  • Run-off