Back to North Norfolk

Updated: May 22, 2019

If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I’ve been working on my Welsh series recently, and between the months of December through to only a couple of weeks ago, you may have seen my work got a lot earthier, stronger and deeper in palette. I always have a real excitement and passion for my paintings, but with my Welsh series it was different. Due to the sudden loss of a family friend I had an overwhelming energy and drive to push myself with that series. I explored grief in my own creativity and to an extent was still understanding my feelings. Time is a healer and gradually I have noticed myself leaving this phase, and as I wrote in my previous February studio diary, when that happens this Welsh series will organically come to an end. 

I’ve noticed that work from the last few weeks has become lighter and much softer and this is now where I want to be. The darker colours are gradually being used less and I’m back to using my pale pinks, pops of yellows and whites. Although the palette was lightening, the object of my work was feeling wrong. 

An exciting meeting this month led me up to my favourite place, Blakeney. It’s funny how things have a way of sorting themselves out in life. I felt a little lost creatively and a trip to Norfolk seemed long overdue, so I jumped at this opportunity and made a weekend of it. 

The fresh Norfolk air was just what the doctor ordered. The weather was mizzly, wet and damp - perfect for an artist! The colours were so beautiful. Deep earthy purples and browns, greys and pops of terracotta got me excited. The boat masts stood out beautifully and the occasional pop of strong blue and red from the boats was a lovely accent. 

The mist at Blakeney was falling over the estuary and capturing so many lovely shapes. It created a soft backdrop for the harsher straight edged buildings, and again, made the colours stand out. 

The meeting went extremely well and I hope to share this new venture with you in a couple of weeks! 

After my weekend it now feels right that I go back to painting and exploring the coastline of north Norfolk. I’ve felt a little lost these last few weeks as I could feel the Welsh series naturally ended but didn’t know where to go from there, almost in denial that I wanted it to end. However it now seems right to move on.

My June blog post will be all about the Welsh series so keep your eyes peeled! I have 7 large canvases to share with you all, and a few smaller pieces on board which are just lovely! Now to go and photograph them all......

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