16.9 x 16.3cm.
Painted from a photograph taken on a wet, turbulent day. Here, the light is muted and the colours monochromatic, exploring the emotional impact of the weather and how this affects my perception of the sea. I am looking for texture and shape, identifying the curves in the water as it forms into waves, rushing from the horizon towards shore. The sea repeats itself, and I am watching each line of movement, my eye catching the light every time.
16.8 x 17cm.
This composition directly addresses the connection between the water and the sand, and the significance of this point of contact. I always work roughly, layering in the undertones first, then moving sporadically about the page, scrubbing in the texture of the stones with experimental brushstrokes. In "clear, open", I spent a long time on the foreground, scratching back into the paint, adding shadows and using smaller brushes to pinpoint the details. Scrambling for purchase. This painting observes a calm moment, when everything has settled, and I am interested in the juxtaposition of this and my frenzied mood. Each time I work, I see myself being pushed into the paintings, and I can recall vividly the way I felt when I made this, each time I return to it.
"under moonlight, through the veiled water"
16.7 x 16.7cm.
This was the painting I took the longest to finish - almost two weeks. The source photograph was taken at nighttime, so here I have explored an abstracted and complex image that challenged me the most out of all my paintings for the final module. I spent a long time endeavouring to capture the translucency of the water, the spread of light, the dark whispers of the ripples. I realised, during painting, that darkness has so much colour - blues, browns, purples, greys and blacks. Here, I finally found a balance between softness and detail, and whilst the scene is peaceful, I can identify an edge. The edge is the time spent. The edge is a space not quite defined but always the same. I've drawn the curtain over. Still beautiful, but not quite.
“A Man of Wisdom” is a long-form poem I wrote for my degree show catalogue, which addresses the concept of connecting with the world around us on a deeper level. The titular character refers to Merlin, the prophet and wizard associated with the legend of King Arthur. I felt he would be someone who would have much to say about our time, and whilst the poem does not connect with my theme of the sea, it touches on the subjects of intimacy with the land, liminality, magic and human impact. I notice now that I have been quietly observing and writing about these issues throughout my final module, and this poem allowed my reflections to find root as part of a narrative, which I hope to develop beyond my studies at Falmouth University.