Seascape and the need to breathe.
There is something naturally thereaputic about the sea. We respond to it without needing to know why.
Simply being there or looking at a seascape smooths the brow and so our own minute perspective expands with each breath to mirror that of the shoreline.
It’s deep in the human psyche to want to be around water. Perhaps we grow a little when we feel next to it.
Always keep a shell in your pocket.
An outdoor painting of dawn seen from Tayport in Fife, overlooking the River Tay and Broughty Ferry.
Dawn from Tayport
I live and work every day beside water. The view from my window is the estuary of the River Tay, half sea, half river, a mile wide at this point and all of the sky above it. In rough weather, salt spray taps on the glass.
Seascape painting Pebble Beach
The sea’s horizon draws the eye like a magnet. I’m fortunate to live on the East Coast of Scotland, where I can observe the sun rising out of the sea for most of the year.
Seascape painting – North Sea Sunrise Study
The appeal may be the sea’s color, its sounds… maybe even its evolutionary associations, embedded in our psyche.
Oil on gesso painting, Tall Ship Leaving Dundee
Lunan Bay came into view as I made my first short climb ever to Red Castle. I found that this rainbow had already arrived here.
Seascape painting, From Red Castle
I’m fortunate to see Bottlenosed Dolphins in the River Tay at close range on a regular basis as the skipper of a passenger boat during the summer months. They are completely and utterly the most impressive creatures I’ve ever seen.
Oil painting, River Tay Dolphin
The vast size of oil rigs makes their passage in the River Tay a true landscape event rather than one of mere transportation and they’re even more stately when they pass during the night or at dusk.
Oil Rig Gorilla 7 leaving the Stannergate
Painting the sunrise over the sea is a particular interest of mine.
Oil painting, Sunrise from the Castle
Another sunrise. By choice, I paint from the same place again and again.
Seascape painting, Eastern Sky
Oil painting, January Sunset
Over the Tay Estuary
Oil painting, First Light on the Tay
A study of the effect of mist and low cloud in an otherwise clear dawn.
Sunrise in Mist.