Great day out painting on Whitstable Beach

I have been so lucky with the weather!

This week is very spring like;  I spent 4 hours at  Whitstable yesterday and have come home with 3 paintings;  these are my first since I was in France in January.  It was a lovely day for my sort of painting! A busy sky, lots to capture, the sea had lots of colours in it. It was windy, so thank you to John for making screw holes in my box easel to hold down the palette!  Still wet and some stray pebbles to sort! – see these below!

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Author: Ann

Ann has been drawing and painting from 2007; she works in OILS principally land, sky and seascapes, often working directly out of doors in front of the scene. Recently her work has developed to become larger, more abstract and expressionistic. Ann’s paintings are now often developed in the studio from her experiences en plein air, sketches and photographs, gaining inspiration from her travels in France and to the coasts of Cornwall and Normandy as well as her home county of Kent. Ann developed her reputation as a plein air painter; working in the vineyards of the Loire Valley and around the Kent Coast where until 2017 she worked out of a beach hut in Whitstable. Ann now has a studio at the Nucleus Arts Centre in Rochester where she exhibits in the Halpern Gallery; she also works from home painting in her conservatory and using her Attic Studio for preparing canvases and framing and storing her work. Currently Ann is working on a series of shoreline, sea and skyscape paintings around the Kent Coast and Cornwall. Ann builds her own canvases using stretcher bars and 12oz cotton duck. then prime it with 3 coats of acrylic primer and/or gesso. She usually coats the canvas with turpsy red, often Indian red, sometimes Burnt Siena. When this is dry she lays out the scene with a thin coat of oil paints then building on this, firstly using a brush, then thick oil paint applied with a palette knife. The extent to which the painting is built with more impasto depends on the scene and mood. Ann’s style is impressionistic, representative tending towards some abstraction and expressionism. Ann is working on a series of paintings depicting the beaches of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent and in Cornwall, at various times of day and year, state of the tide and weathers inspired by Ann’s experience painting on the beach. Ann has been painting in Whitstable for some 5 years, standing on the pebbly beach watching the tide ebb and flow, the morning mist across the Swale (the water which separates the Isle of Sheppey from the mainland), the light on the horizon, the clouds coming in from the west over London, and the light out to sea to the north and east. The low tide exposes sandbanks, pebbles, seafood for the gulls to seek. Ann exhibits in Capital Arts Gallery in Eltham, Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable, Brick Lane Gallery in East London, Elizabeth James Gallery in Croydon and York St Gallery, Ramsgate and with Gabriel Fine Arts in London. She exhibits at Art Fairs, notably the Parallax Art Fair, Talented Art Fair and East Sussex Art Fair. She also has a travelling exhibition of 10 large seascapes in oil with Little Van Gogh (www.littlevangogh.co.uk). Ann’s work is in collections across the UK and the US and this year she will be represented by Art Blend in the Joseph Gallery, Fort Lauderdale and the Hamptons Art Fair and by Rossocinabra Gallery in Rome.