Life’s a Beach

Charcoal Beach

Constable wrote that ‘painting is another word for feeling’.  Of course, the way we see and interpret things is largely due to our own experiences of life.  The margins of the tide – as a subject for deep contemplation – has been an enduring theme for me in the past.  Physically immersed in this salty environment, drawings have been washed off the page or turned into an inky pool by a sudden downpour.  The whole creative process is like the ebb and flow – a cycle of flood and retreat – involving activity from both sides of the brain: intuitive actions interspersed by conscious decisions about  possible ways forward, quality or a quest for a certain ‘truth’.  What makes it wonderfully exciting is the fact that no two people see the same things in any given subject.