More of Saltwater Series 2

The story of my life as an artist started a long time ago, but I will spare you all that. A few decades ago my friend Mary and I used to venture out into the local countryside, sometimes together, sometimes alone. As years passed and our lives changed, our view of the world changed too perhaps, because when free to take up the brushes outdoors again, we hesitated. For many years we met weekly at our houses and painted all the sorts of things possible in those settings.

Moving to a seaside house ten years ago opened another view of the world, in more ways than one. Surprisingly, the biggest change for me was how dominant the sky was (not the sea). The balcony offered a wonderful haven, with its own ‘window’ on the world.

This story is one of transition. From the studio where work was based largely on photographs, I moved to the balcony to paint. Out there I felt exposed, although I don’t think many people noticed me. Not many steps took me over to the footpath at the edge of the dunes. A month later I found myself on the top of the dunes, a week after that down on the sand and a couple of days later, in the wet sand and dodging the tide.

My previous post showed the studio works. This time, a little more of Saltwater Series 2.
Here are my steps into the outside world….

From the balcony:
Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Lone rider, Seacliff

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Sunrise on sandhill, Brighton

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Early morning, autumn

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Marino Rocks and beyond

From the footpath:
Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Beating the heat, Brighton

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Early morning sunlight

From the top of the dunes:

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

And from the sand:

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Dawn line-up

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Shining sands

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
A knowing companion

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Towards Marino

So that’s the story (so far)! Does it have a familiar ring to it?

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4 thoughts on “More of Saltwater Series 2

  1. Philippa, you’ve certainly had a prolific painterly life if this is only the indicator of your recent Saltwater series of pieces. I admire your risk taking of moving away from the closed studio walls of safety to the seaside shorelines. Not sure if I’d have ever adjusted as well as you have (I like to “hide” what I’m working on as it begins…) Lovely post about beautiful pieces!

    1. Thanks Patricia for your lovely words. I am about to head out into dangerous non-waters now – streetscapes! After last Monday at the local kindy, it is truly daunting. So it should be! A fresh start, and a novice every time. Good for self-appraisal skills, lousy for ‘comfort’ levels.

  2. you are just great you bring out life with colors… i too love painting but certainly can’t paint an inch good as you..

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