This is the finished piece- built up over a few visits...there is so much variation in pigmentation in the soft cliffs and beach. The turquoise fabric happened to be tangled in a tree recently fallen onto the beach and broken up by continuous exposure to the sea,
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've just taken down the exhibition at The Russell Cotes in Bournemouth. Looking back over the year that informed this show- I came across the series of photographs documenting changes at Handfast Point over 4 months. I recorded a new cliff fall on New Year's Day- it is white and the pile of debris is also white. The sea weeds and algae begin to colonise even a month on and by April the water action has softened the sharp edges on the beach and even more green appeared... the event has now faded. The painting I have included below documents a similar event on Handfast Point. I've removed the layers of paint to reveal the paper surface and fractured the image to reflect these natural processes.
Even as I carried my work out this morning, the walls of the gallery were being 'made good' for the next show -traces of my earths and ocres were fading to make way for Angels, Fairies and She-Devils...
I collected this and others in the series from the framers today. They are all small pieces and I took them out on several journeys along the low tide line below Ballard Down throughout the spring of this year. The layers you can see were built up in this way. No colour is added other than white gesso and what occurs locally.
This particular piece will be on display in the Millfield Summer Show at Street between 8th July and 10th August.
LOW WATERS SERIES
I've just photographed a series made on site all along the low tide line below Old Harry in Studland. The boards were partly gessoed and the pigments applied were found locally. The incomplete paintings were taken out on a few visits allowing for fresh encounters with materials and building up through layering.
notes from yesterday:
a pearlescent shroud to the landscape.
one swallow heading for the mainland and five terns
wild garlic ramsons and nettle gathered for soup in Studland wood.
rain set in at 3pm
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