Like most I suspect, our 2020 holiday plans have already been thrown into disarray. Earlier in the year our much anticipated trip to Valencia was cancelled, as was my masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet, and our regular camping jaunt to France has also had to fall by the wayside.
This isn’t to say that I’m not desperately looking forward to a holiday though, something that I think is evident in this most recent choice of subject:
I came across the image for this latest painting some time ago when I was searching for palm trees. That particular search first led to these two palm tree paintings of Cartagena, in Spain.
This latest painting came together quite quickly and I’m pleased with the sense of bright hazy light and the dry brush rendering of the palm trees.
For me however, this painting will always be characterised by the contrast of this quiet tranquil scene and the domestic meltdown that was going on in the background. As I endeavored to paint this idyllic view, my daughter was having a rather volcanic tantrum!
I love the idea that people see watercolour painting as this delightfully delicate, quiet and serene pursuit. The truth meanwhile can often be one of much gnashing of teeth, foul language and the type of background distractions that one might more commonly associate with some form of civil unrest. I appreciate that this might not be everyone’s experience – but it’s often a fairly accurate representation of mine!
As much as this painting may be the type of destination I’d ideally like to be visiting this year, I’m sure my imminent camping trip to Dorset, with thunderstorms forecast, will also be fabulous!