Calm Waters is one of several paintings I have done which are influenced by a book which I saw several years ago, full of photo's of the UK from the air. I loved the way familiar harbours and sections of the coastline looked from a birds eye view, as well as the colours of the sea and the way the rock formations below the water created textures and variations in colour.
This painting is of no particular place, the composition is really made up as I go along, I create the sea and shoreline with texture, using tissue papers dyed with acrylic inks, which I then glue onto the canvas. This is then dried with a hairdryer, and then worked into with more acrylic ink, using brushes, sponges, and flicking paint until I achieve the texture and colours that seem right. At this point I decide whether to add boats and if so how many. I often have to step away for a night and come back to it or there is a danger I will add too much detail and lose the remote feel.
Once complete the painting is varnished with a satin finish.
Please note that because this is a very large painting, we cannot send it framed for international sales, we will remove the canvas from it's stretcher bars and send it in a tube.
acrylic ink and tissue paper onto canvas