Having been ill for about 5 weeks, I’m now back on track and heading out to the Yorkshire Coast for inspiration. Flamborough Head is a wild and windy experience at this time of year – bracing and invigorating. Just the ticket for a wee bit of fast sketching. And a super cafe nearby for a scone and a cuppa.
I’ve always loved the work of Nicolas de Staël and his skill in abstraction. I’m fascinated by his choice of colours and placement of shapes. And I just love the thick paint. Seems simple, but is not. So I’m disciplining myself to break down the landscape more than usual and play with the shapes… These sketches may well turn into paintings. I shall have to see.
The little stack at Flamborough reminds me of rock formations and stacks on my painting trips to Ireland and to Scotland. The colour here in Yorkshire though is different and the feeling and atmosphere again, different. In what way, I’m not sure. Yet. I’ll have to wait and absorb.
Flamborough Head is a promontory, 8 miles long on the Yorkshire Coast of England, between Filey and Bridlington bays of the North Sea. It is a chalk headland with sheer white cliffs.