Putting the final touches to a seascape with my fingers. I painted the canvas over a period of two weeks with brushes, knives and finally, my fingers. It's very exciting to be working so physically with great washes of colour and thick slabs of paint rather than drawing and meticulously describing objects. I'm throwing sand into the paints and applying it onto the canvas with a palette knife - sometimes using the knife like a trowel, and at other times scraping back the surface. I also let the paint just catch the high points of the lower, rough, dried paint layers as I slide the knife briskly over the surface. This enables me to create sparking effects.
This is the first time I'm working on a larger canvas in this style (30" x 24"), and I'll gradually be working on bigger ones still. The inspiration remains unashamedly JMW Turner, but I realise that I'm also now being inspired by the great Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. They too abandoned a linear approach to creating their images. They applied their pigments boldly in many different types of layers and "glazes''. They coaxed their compositions into being, often reshaping and improvising the images as they developed towards completion. These paintings are thrilling-stepping stones towards exhibitions later this year. I want to perfect this technique before painting scenes 'en plain air' in Venice, Rome and Sicily during the spring and summer months. (The painting is for sale now). #jmwturner #painting #gesturalpainting #turneresque #seascape sunset #shipsinastorm #shipsatsunset #ocean #sea #dramaticseascape