ink and water…

This week I returned to the inspiration of the bathing pool at Priest Cove, Cape Cornwall (see the post on my Brison Veor residency from earlier this year).

To start with I’ve been working on small mixed-media pieces on paper including the two shown here, but this time with a wet-in-wet acrylic ink base. I wanted to evoke the feeling and sound of the tide approaching over the rocks and of the crashing waves inundating the pool, which is set into the rocks.

Today however, I decided to be braver and go bigger. I thought you might like to see a short video of me starting the first large piece.

sea of purple …

Sea lavender saltmarsh, sketchbook spread.

Sea lavender saltmarsh, sketchbook spread. © Mari French 2016

This week, I tried a new coastal sketching route (for me), along Green Lane at Thornham and out onto the Saltmarsh via a rough bridle way. I was stunned by the swathes of purple sea lavender stretching out to the dunes on the horizon. I’d seen this on Norfolk saltmarshes in other years, but never such an expanse.

These plants are completely covered by high tides, there was one the night before – evidence in the form of small dead crabs among the sea lavender – yet they thrive in this hostile environment.

Thornham marsh © Mari French 2016

Thornham marsh © Mari French 2016

I spent several hours over two days walking, sketching and taking photographs. Again, I was keen to interpret this in an abstract way with various media, concentrating on evoking the wind, bird calls, light aircraft overhead, the rustling of reeds etc.

Thornham marsh © Mari French 2016

Thornham marsh © Mari French 2016


Sea lavender, Thornham. Sketchbook © Mari French 2016

Sea lavender, Thornham. Sketchbook © Mari French 2016

 

Thornham Saltmarsh, sketchbook.

Thornham Saltmarsh, sketchbook. © Mari French 2016

 

Sea lavender, Thornham.

Sea lavender, Thornham. © Mari French 2016


Marsh pools, Thornham Saltmarsh.

Marsh pools, Thornham Saltmarsh. © Mari French 2016


Thornham Saltmarsh, sketchbook.

Thornham Saltmarsh, sketchbook. © Mari French 2016

 

salt and sand…

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

… happily working on the Saltmarsh series. Well, sometimes I’m happy, other times I’m cursing with frustration! 

Today was a calm, happy painting day.

Some of these works are for my upcoming solo show at Creake Abbey, North Norfolk, where Fineline Frames are hosting a selection of my work (which they have beautifully framed). It runs from 5th September onwards for the month.

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French

Meanwhile, I’ve been invited by a contemporary Edinburgh venue, The Sutton Gallery on Dundas Street in the vibrant New Town district, to show four works, three of which are from the new Saltmarsh series. These will be on view as part of their mixed summer show, which runs from 4th to 29th August 2015 and coincides with the Edinburgh Festival.

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French


Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on canvas board. © Mari French


Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on watercolour board. © Mari French

Saltmarsh series, mixed-media on watercolour board. © Mari French