Making waves (2015)
Acrylic painting by Wendy Kimberley


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 29.53 × 19.69 × 1.57 in / 29.53 × 19.69 in (actual image size)
  • Signed certificate of authenticity

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Wendy Kimberley

United Kingdom

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Original, one of a kind artwork, of breakwaters at Eccles on Sea, norfolk. Painted in acrylic using layers of colored glazes, it is a large colorful painting that will brighten any room. Also comes with certificate of authenticity.
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When I was a child I spent many a long summer playing on this beach with my sister. In the winter we would go for long walks there with my mother and grandparents, jumping over the breakers and dodging waves or hunting for fossils hidden among the shingle washed up on the shore line after a storm. I remember my grandfather finding a mammoth tooth once after one such storm which Norwich castle museum weren't interested in and so he gave to my sister who still treasures it now.
This area of the Norfolk coast is and always has been an area notorious for storms and flooding recorded as far back as the 16th century. My nanna would tell us stories of the village that was swept out to sea and how the fishermen, on some dark nights could still hear the old church bell ringing beneath the waves. The sea defences have been there for as long as I can remember with bits added to them over time offering a last stand against the storms and tidal surges. They are indigenous to the beach today, standing like sentinels protecting the small clusters of pre war bungalows and caravans hidden beyond the sand dunes inland.
A couple of years ago I took my own family for a walk at Eccles, my daughter Alice had just discovered she was pregnant with my first grandchild. The tide was high with waves racing up the beach battering against the breakers, who as always, stood stalwartly keeping watch. As we sat at the base of the dunes on some rocks looking out to sea pondering this momentous, life changing event it bought back all the memories of the happy times I'd had there as a child and the love and appreciation I had for my own grandparents. This scene I painted from a photo I took taken at the time. It is a painting I hold dear to my heart which I hope captures the nostalgia and love I have for this little known, but very special part of the Norfolk coastline.

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acrylic medium, acrylic glazes

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