A STORM BREAKS OVER BIRKDALE BEACH – PASTEL PAINTING

I am working on a small series of local beach scenes in pastel. It gives me an opportunity to try out the use of gouache to quickly block in masses of light and shade. Darker passages can take a lot of pastel to build up and painting in a mixture of colours that can be added to with pastel seems to give a fresher result. I have done it with acrylic before, but I felt gouache will retain a better tooth to the paper.

On the beach, the marram grass covered dunes give way to lonely wet sands stretching way out to the breaking waves, almost imperceptible, in the distance. Above, dark clouds gather across the Irish sea in readiness to sweep in eastwards, lashing the country with the moisture picked up when crossing the Atlantic.

It is a good place to walk, in waterproof boots, on a windswept days past wading birds, to view what flotsam the preceding tide has deposited on the wet sand. Broken branches, like reaching limbs, festooned with flags of algae and black jewels of coal scoured from the Welsh coast dot the sand like pebbles.

Other seascapes and beach scenes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

15 thoughts on “A STORM BREAKS OVER BIRKDALE BEACH – PASTEL PAINTING

  1. Oh, it’s wonderful! The light! Those clouds…everything. (I think I can smell the air – its scents of wet sand, rain clouds, the water. ) And your description is soooo good! 👏♥️👏

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    • And thank you Louise. It seems as if I’m doing something right if someone is affected by my painting. Though someone else’s backyard, in my opinion, always seems a little more interesting than one’s own.

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