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Big Beaches Series

I’m starting a new series of paintings inspired by the beautiful, sweeping, sandy beaches of Northeast Scotland. Here’s the first one of a moody Cruden Bay beach to start off.

I went to the beach, did some pastel sketches and took some photos, then did this painting back in the studio. It is 60 x 80cm in oil paint.

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Beautiful Bennachie

I’ve been out and about doing lots of small pastel sketches recently to use as source material for bigger paintings back at the studio. Here are a few of beautiful Bennachie, the biggest hill in these parts.

I section off a few boxes on my paper with masking tape and work on around 4 sketches at the same time, focussing on different aspects of colour, light, composition in each. The results give me lots of information to use in my paintings later.