"Cullercoats Bay, Heatwave". oil on board, 45cm x 45cm framed size.
This is one of four en plein air paintings, or paintings from life (it sounds so much better in French), that I did last summer at Cullercoats Bay. It was a rare day were the north east coast resembled the cote d'azur, for two whole days. It reminds me of how satisfying it can be to complete a small painting in one sitting of about three hours, especially having recently worked on a number of large paintings over a long period of time. The plein air paintings often have an integrity that is hard to sustain over the longer period that large paintings demand. The paintings can be viewed together now at Tallentyres Gallery in Morpeth.