suz landscape painting
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This small oil on wood panel painting I just finished, and is inspired by our yearly summer holidays to Parnu beach in Estonia.
I wanted to capture the intensity and excitement of when you get to the beach and see and feel it suddenly.
The painting focuses on the abstract power of that strip of blue sea, sandwiched between a dramatic sky and all the activities on the beach (cyclists, mini golfers and footballers, young and old, cruise up and down the waterfront all day long) - symbolised by those blue/green discs at the bottom.
The painting's also textured - like sand's got into the paint. And the paint and the shapes have been battered by the wind.
When you get to the beach, your visual perceptions suddenly can expand, and that's exciting and very freeing. Though you come to an edge at some point- the horizon line. The edge where you cannot go or see beyond.
Even though it’s summer, it’s often pretty cold, quite often raining all of a sudden. But even if there’s 5 minutes of sun, everyone races down there, to catch the sun rays. The genteel party atmosphere reigns instead.
Going dotty by the sea.
The future of forests is a precarious one at this point.
Your feelings towards the forest are influenced by where you have grown up.
You are the caretakers of the forests. Every person on the planet.
I see faces everywhere in those rocks and in the bark of the pines – the forest is alive with beings seen and unseen – sometimes I hug trees – it's my secret – sometimes I pick up floating feathers – sometimes I dilly dally over the curving path of wood chips – sometimes I'm catapulted through my daily walks by thoughts of warmth.