I thought I’d share this insight into how one of my paintings developed. I often have no idea at the beginning of what the finished piece will be like. Sometimes it is a random mark or an area of colour that determines the direction the painting takes.

This started as a very experimental colour block exercise with oil and cold wax on paper and gradually evolved into a more traditional seascape.

I’m still not sure about the pier – it feels a bit stark and I may tone it down later. I wanted to keep some of the pink in the sky but have muted it down a bit. I shall leave it now to dry before making any more changes to avoid making mud! I love the luminosity of oil and cold wax and being able to draw back into it to reveal underlying layers.

Process