Oil on paper on board
The sea is used as a simple band of sky-reflecting surface, the land appears as a dark mysterious form, a flat shore or a looming cliff. Above these liquid and solid elements the sky with it's shifting interplay of light and cloud is closely observed, analysed and re-formed into a dense pictorial structure.
The moments of sunset can be a fast-changing sequence of unique, subtle or dramatic variations. The longer twilight that follows can be rich in veils and flashes of colour. Michael's paintings are contemplations on this transition from light to dark.
All images © 2017 Michael Fairclough