Every one loves a beach day ... this is a little scene inspired from a trip down the Great Ocean Road recently. The sun is setting on the day behind the mountains and just catching the light on the top of cliff.
St Ives Harbor
in Cornwall is a magic spot for lovers of the sea, boats and harbors.
My wife and I spent a few weeks there in summer of 2009 and loved it.
If you are an artist then you will want to do as many before you have
... take your brushes, paints and canvases down to paint. If you are
just looking for a great place to getaway then its perfect for that.
This painting is of the St Ives Harbor at low tide in summer.
Further down the Great Ocean Road as you get close to Port Campbell is
the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation. This stunning peice of coast
line is a popular tourist destination and provides some incredible
imagery along the coast. Sadly they are in decay and the rock formation
in the front of this painting no longer exists.
I painted this typical Australian scene on my 44th birthday ... hence the name "Path Over The Hill". For my birthday my mother gave me a great DVD by Warwick Fuller who is a master of painting landscape scenes with lots of light and shadows and really captures the spirit of the Australian landscape. So having watched the DVD I painted this as an exercise in applying some of the lessons learnt on the DVD. This is a scene from the rolling hills just near Geelong where I live.
hot summers day on Angelsea Beach. This is similar view of another of
my Angelsea cliff paintings ... this time the cliff faces are mostly in
direct sunlight washing out the hills behind. If you ever get the
chance to walk along Anglesea beach and walk along the cliffs then you
will love it. If you are an artist this is a must stop place to go and
Lonsdale is an often visited place for local artists and generally they
all paint the lighthouse. I have painted it myself a number of times.
Just around the corner however is the Point Lonsdale peir which has a
great view across the rip. This painting was painted on location ... it
was low tide and I found a small cave in the rocky cliff face to set up
in out of the wind. The sun was just coming up adding a nice warm glow
of the first places tourists stop when they venture down the Great
Ocean Road is the lookout at Anglesea that looks back towards the
cliffs. Its an amazing site ... but if you take the time to walk down
onto the beach and around the corner you will find its even more
amazing up close and personal. I did that just recently on a perfect
summers day and came across this scene of a family playing on the beach
with the cliffs providing a dramatic back drop.
Painting comes in a white frame and is ready to hang: