Most of my paintings are of seascapes or the coastline, either from direct observation or in my studio from imagination or memory, but all are rooted in a lifetime's experience of the sea in all its states.
Painting 'en plein air', literally painting from direct observation, usually takes me about three of observing, memorising and careful drawing trying to catch the essence of a fleeting moment, perhaps a change of light or a chance combination of colours. They capture a moment in time, perhaps a coastline before it has changed forever.
In my studio I mostly choose to paint with oils because of the rich and subtle colours and textures that can be achieved, attempting to convey to the viewer a little of the essence and beauty of the subject matter which inspired me. On occasions though, instinctive ipad painting can succeed in producing an image more directly communicative of inspiration - it can then be an exciting challenge to transfer this into a painted work.