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' Early Morning Bathers' Print

David Harrison

United Kingdom

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Early morning bathers was painted in 2022 and took approximately 8 weeks. The scene is a shingle beach at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, UK. I visited this beach in August early one morning about 11 am It was already a warm morning although the sun was still trying to break through. I have constructed the composition loosely based on the golden section and have used a limited palette of 7 colours. Whilst sitting on the beach I drew sketches and took photographs I have tried to capture the atmosphere and light I observed on that morning.The painting has a white 7.62 mount and has a white wooden frame and is ready to be hung

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:10 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:15.25 W x 15.25 H x 1.2 D in

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I was born in Bury st Edmunds Suffolk in the U.K. and have been painting and drawing for approximately 40 years Paintings are made on canvas or board in oils or acrylics.In the case of gouache,I use a heavyweight watercolour paper.In recent years I have been experimenting with mixed media.This process is quite lengthy because the finished painting is based on drawings that can take a month or more to produce.I enjoy painting landscapes plein air.My method is to visit the same location over two or three days at the same time each day,usually early morning or late afternoon. . I love drawing ,especially with charcoal,for there is such a wide range of mark-making that can be produced.I live and work in one of the largest forests in the UK.My work is in response to the forest,parks,rivers and farmland surrounding my home in Brandon,Suffolk. The cycle of the seasons is something that continually interests me,so the landscape plays a major part in my work.I am still amazed how nature adapts to harsh weather yet recovers to bring fresh growth in spring,yet my work is as much about the process of mark making as it is about representing a neglected lanscape.The Riverbank series I am working on draws a strong inspiration from such local subject matter. A river runs for miles behind my home,and during march 2018 there were strong gales and many well established trees were blown across the riverbank.A drawing I completed after the gales is " Riverbank and fallen tree".I used a sized,heavyweight watercolour paper,and with the combination of plastic erasers,I am able to continually work and rework my drawings by adding further subtle mark making. My drawings are often conceived in a fleeting moment but then take time to unfold,such as "forest march 2018".I visit a site often and at the same time each morning,and I supplement the open air research with many photographs and sketches of the site.I aim to create a sense of light,atmosphere and texture in my work,and apart from charcoal,I quite often use graphite too.

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