Several small new studies – some more abstract than others – inspired by my recent visit to Thornham saltmarshes (see my earlier post ‘wellies and watercolours’).
Thought I’d rattle off a few of these instead of ploughing straight into a finished piece on canvas. I think taking the pressure off myself by regarding
them as experimental rather than finished pieces helped me enjoy producing them more.
As you can see, they progressed from fairly representational to pretty abstract. Some of them have pasted down tissue paper as a base to add textural interest. They are all on Daler Sanders Watercolour board and are about 10×12 inches.
The only reference I used was a quick look through my sketchbook to remind myself of my day on the saltmarsh then I just let my imagination and the materials take over. I’ll live with these for a while first (and produce more) but I’m thinking I might get a few mounted and framed for inclusion in one of my exhibitions?
I love the actual name of part of the saltmarsh at Thornham -“Ragged Marsh”, in fact the whole list of words related to these marshes – staithes, stumps, sluice, saltmarsh – is very evocative of the wet landscape!