WHO ARE YOU ?
I'm an oil painter. I paint outside all year round and, occassionally, in the studio. I'm based in picturesque rural Suffolk close to the former homes of John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.
WHY THIS ONE:
This is the first picture I painted at Pin Mill.
SOMETHING ABOUT IT:
I walked down the hill to Pin Mill and the water was obscured by a layer of fog with just the tops of the masts poking through. It began to clear as I set up and the scene just got better after that. When I had finished, the day was bright and clear and not nearly as atmospheric. Much of plein air painting is about being at the right place at the right time and I was there at just the right time.
The painting is in a limited palette of artists oil colours on a board I prepared myself. It was completed, on location, in one hit and not touched afterwards. It is 8 x 10 inches, 20 x 25 cm.
WHERE IS IT NOW:
I don't know. UK galleries and dealers don't tell the artist who buys their work. Sometimes they give me clues like 'it was bought by a member of the art-loving Sainsbury family (as in Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery)'.
Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Winsor Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre Deep, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose, French Ultramarine, King's Blue Light, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Raw Umber and Indigo.
I don't usually have all of these in one painting although they are on the palette. They are a mix of Winsor and Newton and Michael Harding Artists Oil Colours.