Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Evening bathers, Bréhat
I'm quite pleased with how it turned out because I think in the end I managed to capture something of that evening mood and light. My visual memory isn't too good, so I really struggle when I don't have the subject in front of me.
Another reason I'm pleased is that I've wanted to introduce more softness in some areas of my paintings lately, rather than always use very direct brush marks. This idea of using more softness in the distance has been travelling around in my brain since my time in Ireland. I was seeing a lot of mist there!
This painting is all about evenings on the beach, when most of the sunbathers have left, and local people who have been working in the daytime gather for a couple of hours before dinner. It's the time for us to see familiar faces (and even dogs) there!