I've said before that sometimes paintings just create themselves. I woke up this morning, wandered outside and was completely entranced by the sunrise. A streak of low cloud was brilliantly lit from below by the rising sun low across the horizon. The bottom of the cloud was glowing a golden colour while the tops remained darker and red-blue, meanwhile the rest of the sky seemed to alternate between blue and a hint of crimson. It always pays to keep your painting equipment close to hand and in 2 minutes I was out there painting. The light changes by the minute during sunrise so speed was essential to get the main elements on to the paper; the rest I could work at a slower pace. I was just wondering what added sparkle I could add when the arc of the sun burst over the roof of the foreground building. Perhaps if I'd planned it, it might all have been in a day's work. But I hadn't planned it, and that is what I mean when I say that sometimes it seems the painting just wanted to happen! Now it's done I love this piece for its spontaneity, its beautiful colours and the way the foreground buildings and trees show almost no detail: I wanted to focus attention on the sky. I know I keep saying I enjoy my paintings but this morning felt like a mini-adventure - as an artist, this morning was the kind of thing I live for!
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.