South Beach in Studland is littered with fallen trees and cliff falls. An indication of rapid shifting of matter from the cliff top to sea level. The pickings are rich for somebody like myself foraging amongst the debris for my palette. I've had 4 days (of sunshine) on site over the last week. Each visit has revealed new change. The last visit involved witnessing a massive cliff collapse.
Cadury basking on mature quartz sand beach with sea grass fragments and other debris. The Brent geese are still feeding off the Seagrasses (also known as eel grass) I've discovered that these are flowering plants that live in the sea. The underwater 'lawns' provide an important habitat for Studland's seahorses.
I'm delighted to have 2 paintings selected for the
LYNN PAINTER-STAINERS PRIZE
EXHIBITION: 17 - 22 MARCH 2014
MALL GALLERIES, THE MALL, LONDON SW1
The 85 shortlisted paintings by 78 artists will be on show at the Mall Galleries. You can see the selected works online now, please click HERE
Both images were made in South Beach, Studland using the materials below. In the corner of South beach the chalk dips under the red sandstone and offers a deliciously broad palette. Continuous erosion releases vegetation from the top of the cliffs (accelerated recently of course to the degree it isn't advisable to walk near the cliff edge at the moment).
This digital platform offers a forum for me to reflect further on what informs my material practice.