Some paintings take me ages to put together. Others seem to just fall out of my head onto the paper. And so it was with From the four winds:
It shows a herring gull soaring over South Stack RSPB bird reserve on Anglesey, looking south over Caernafon Bay towards the Lleyn peninsula on the horizon, as a pair of choughs swoop over heathery cliffs. There are plenty of nameable geographical features in the painting, but it is a painting about the place, rather than a of it.
This painting has been forming in my head since we went to South Stack last week but it needed a couple of days for ‘mind-gestation’ before I could get it out. The image of it in my head has been so strong that it took me only three short evenings to paint it; a total of only about seven hours work, every moment of which I loved.
I thought about the dazzling bright colours, the dizzying heights, the stiff breeze and the view which went on for miles and milesâ€¦ I used a couple of sketches from my sketchbook, including this one…
and this photo…
…to remind me of what it felt like to be there, and photos of gulls and choughs which Moth took.
The painting’s title comes from a song by Gordon Giltrap from his 1976 album ‘Visionary’ which I listened to repeatedly while making the picture.
I hope you like the painting as much as I do!