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On the Easel – Thurs 28th Jan 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Bait Digger - Work in Progress

This is the start of the first painting in my new Seacliff series. This is the first colour lay in of  “The Bait Digger”, it’s oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.

The aim of the series is to capture the essence of one place at various periods in time. There will be paintings with a Heritage focus, others with a Historic feel and some reflecting contemporary use. The location I have chosen is Seacliff Beach in East Lothian. A very atmospheric place with great light, big skies and a well troddden path in history. From one spot on the beach you can view Tantallon Castle, St Baldreds Boat, The Bass Rock, Auldhame Castle and Seacliff House.

The first series of paintings will focus on the Heritage aspects of Seacliff. The Firth of Forth has been a huge resource for thousands of years. Fish, Oysters, Mussels, Seaweed and Shellfish have all been abundant at some times, scarce at others and in somes cases, such as oysters, now extinct.

Much like the coming and going of its tides – the human use of Seacliff over the years comes and goes. The place itself endures, unimpressed by human machinations, it still allows us to rejoice in its splendid natural beauty.

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