Towards Walberswick

Acrylic paint on canvas board – 50 x 40cm

This is the fourth time I’ve tried to capture this view. The colours look too bright, as if I’ve applied my recent colour theory tuition to the extreme. As a reminder, please see the earlier versions below:

Dislocation

The ride up to Hull from Peasenhall was good. The cargo bike worked well to carry my painting and camping gear and to get around Hull on the couple of days I was there.

The campsites were invariably occupied by big cars, caravans, camper homes and lean-to walk in tents. There were no other cyclists or walkers travelling light. Often I was given unasked for advice about my route or the state of the traffic but always from the perspective of a driver. I began to feel a certain dislocation as I realised these other campers knew nothing of the way I was travelling. I would watch many of them sitting inside their camper van boxes with the glow of a television on, wondering why they might want to do this, shutting themselves off from the sky and land around them?

The above vehicle combination was driven and occupied by a single man. He sat inside the small caravan all evening. The windows had curtains, just like any suburban home, which he proceeded to close when he put on the lights, shutting out the coming evening stars and fresh air.

December dawn

Lino print on paper, 41 x 29.7cm

My messy printing needs to get sharper. The idea for this image came from watching the winter sunrise from the train as I headed northward to teach in Norwich.

Winter printing is always good. The mechanical work of cutting and printing by hand in the dark afternoons, when the daylight has gone, always encourages new ways of image making.