I’m not sure what folks will make of this one. it’s among the biggest I’ve attempted. It’s the same size as INTERTIDAL 1 which I posted about six months ago. ( https://forum.drawmixpaint.com/discussion/11385/intertidal-ooc-42-x-42/p1 ) Up close it’s just swirls and squiggles and blobs of paint. A photo doesn’t really do this painting justice and I’m guessing that it can only be really understood when seen in the flesh on a wall in good light while standing back a couple of meters but, hopefully, the small photo above will give some idea, even if you can’t see much of the brushwork and texture.
This is obviously not your traditional landscape - no horizon, blue hills or sky. I don’t know whether what I have attempted here would be best described as realist abstraction or abstract realism. To anyone who has never gazed into a wave-washed rock pool I imagine it would look like almost pure abstraction. That’s ok. I don’t mind if viewers have to scratch their heads a while as they try to figure out what it is. But I’m hoping anyone who has ever gazed into such a pool will figure it out pretty quickly.
I wanted to put across the feeling I get when I’m at the seaside, staring into such a pool as the waves wash in and out. For me it’s a meditative experience. Beneath the surface the light and the different colours of the rocks, barnacles and algae are refracted and broken like when you look into a kaleidoscope while, on the surface, it’s all froth and bubble as streaks of foam are stirred around and, here and there, you catch flickers of reflected blue from the sky above. When I’m by the sea looking into rockpools it’s like meditation for me – I lose my self. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded but I wanted viewers to also lose themselves, however briefly, in this painting. That’s why it had to be big.
I found this one a herculean effort because of the sheer size and the amount of detail. It took 140 hours over 18 days. Don’t attempt this until you retire. I’m looking at something smaller for the next one.
Anyway, there are some details to adjust such as highlights on the foam that I can only do when it dries but this is basically it. If you are not the rockpool-gazing type I will quite understand if this picture does not resonate with you. Good or bad, don’t hold back because I’d be very interested to read what people here think of it.
Thanks for looking and commenting.
Rob(EDIT: I've replaced the photo with one taken in daylight which is not over-exposed and blown out at the top and is more accurate overall in terms of the colour,)