Thursday, 9 October 2014
The starting point for this was a photograph taken from the beach at Porthtowan when I was there to look at the view from East Cliff.
Porthtowan is a popular surfing beach, and the waves were coming in very impressively. Every now and then, the sun broke out from behind the clouds and illuminated the water wonderfully.
I chose this shot to work from because of the way in which the surf curves out towards the viewer; the title reflects this and avoids the knotty problem of a long, descriptive name referring to the location. It also refers to the way in which this loose series of wave paintings are each, in their own way, starting to approach the abstract. Abstract art is about colour and shape as opposed to representation of the physical world; these paintings, while categorically not abstract, can be said to occupy a space somewhere between representational and abstract art.
A couple of in-progress shots:
Oil on board, 30 x 40 cm