Oil Painting of Norfolk
I have been asked recently to do an oil painting of Norfolk for a particular client. As I usually work in watercolour paints, I thought it would be prudent to get back into the swing of painting in oils. As it is a completely different painting technique by doing a quick practise painting. Using sketches painted on location, I decided to do an oil painting of Norfolk.
Burnham Overy Staithe
For the last couple of years, I have spent a week in Norfolk painting on location. The place where we stayed is Burnham Overy Staithe. A small village on the coast not far from Wells-next-the-sea. I’ve painted several watercolours there, two of which you can see on my drawing board. Using the two location studies and some supplementary photographs. I’ve tackled the subject of small sailing boats berthed at low tide, early morning.
Burnham Overy Staithe beach is a wonderful secluded Norfolk beach. With boats, salt marshes, creeks, wildlife, sand dunes and peace – what more could you ask for?
Once you step over the dunes, you’re met with the most wonderful expanse of sandy beach. This stretches from West to East, as far as you can see – you can walk all the way to Wells if you choose.
The frustrating thing I find about oil painting is the time it takes for the paint to dry. So I’m leaving it for now until early next week when I will be adding detail to the boats. I’m thinking about buying some water based oil paints instead of having to use turps to clean my brushes and the smell, so if any artists out there can recommend any particular brand, please let me know.
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2 thoughts on “Oil Painting of Norfolk”
This is a unique and wonderful post. It is to the point, it touches all the right bases, and is well written on top of all that.
Indeed, painting in oils is different. Nonetheless, I like your post! Thanks for sharing this!…Daniel