Walking

I have been going for long walks along the seawall. There is a four mile stretch that is almost inaccessible except on foot. Hovering on the near horizon, beyond creeks and salt marsh, is Skipper’s Island, now uninhabited and with a breached seawall, it appears as two low wooded islands. 

As is usual, I have been making small A4 drawings and dissecting these in the studio to see what is available to use in painting. I like the horizontal banding of the saltings and the low hump of the island floating on the horizon. I have started making several paintings on paper. This is a landscape I made watercolours of 20 years ago and it is surprising how some of the things I do now summon up images from that time. But I don’t want to go back, I want to go forward into the uncharted…