This was a painting of washes in three colours. One was the staining winsor blue, green shade, which sometimes has a mind of its own – so there was some trepidation as I applied the paint. I wanted the calm that a wash can, in my opinion, create.

Looking at this now I might give the man a bit more of his head, though he could have his collar up or be looking down and I did ponder footprints in the foreground but decided that the reflections might cover them up anyway, I think the calm lead-in is crucial.

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    • Thanks Beate. The place is Pevensey Bay on England’s south coast. Ahead is the chalk hills of Beachy Head. I have painted this area many times. It is great on a sunny afternoon with the sun in your eyes, throwing up many contrasts.

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    • Thanks Suzanne. I think you are right. When I went back to the painting he looks fine. On the monitor it looks odd and as I was typing the text I noticed it and I couldnt work out why I hadnt spotted it before – I suppose because it wasnt there in the first place.


  1. Nice painting, I really like the reflections on the wet sand. Is Windsor Blue, Green Shade the same as Phatlo Blue, if it is, and you used a colour like that and was able to create neutrals out of it. That would be absolutely amazing. I can create neutrals out of that colour, if I mix it with Burnt Sienna, or Magenta and Yellow. But it is hard work.

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    • Thanks Shawn. Yes it is very similar to phthalo blue – maybe a bit colder and like p blue it has a lot of staining power and needs careful handling. Mixing it with burnt sienna gives great deep greens. I just mix it with an orange red ( winsor red) and you can go from blue greys to black. The sky was moderated with a little raw sienna which was also used on the dry sand.


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