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I’ve always loved this particular view of the Island Sea when the mill and Holyhead Mountain are picked out against the sky by the sun. If the tide is right, a variety of water birds (e.g. herons, little egrets, various ducks and waders) make the most of the exposed banks in the middle of the Inland Sea, and standing there listening to their calls and painting is like trying to paint a little piece of heaven, so I’ve been returning to this spot on and off for ages.

I painted the initial version ‘en plein air’ (which, I believe, is French for painting outdoors whilst getting sunburned and receiving funny looks from passersby). A fair bit of artistic license was used in the final version to try and fit the key elements into the composition.

At the time, I was really taken by how the water seemed to be as smooth as glass in certain parts and yet still have a slight sense of movement from the gentle tide in others, providing interest and texture as well as changes in reflections and colours in the water, depending on where and when I was looking.

I then worked on recreating the painting on canvas over a number of weekends in my studio to try and encapsulate how I felt about it.

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The Inland Sea, Pontrhydybont, New Year's Day 2017 (2017)

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This artwork is sold by Andy Dobbie from United Kingdom

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