Colour palette study: Pebble Beach

Colour palette study: Pebble Beach

Chalk and Seafoam, colour palette study. My studio is in central Brighton. Early mornings I find myself on my way to the studio through a town waking up in hues of chalk, seafoam and mint colours. Often in a contemplative mood reflecting of colours: the variation of grey in pebbles that can be found along the East Sussex Coast; the light ochre and dark flint, the hard grey rock that was deposited in the chalk cliffs and  through natural erosion are released from the cliffs and slowly make their way through; the greens of the seagrass over the cliffs and the seakale on the pebbles. TI record these colours in town,  in a fiat 500, at take away shops, in buses, buildings on bikes and at the North Gate of the Brighton Museum.

These colours and hues have in me a strong emotional and poetic resonances, comes to my mind ‘Sea Fever’, a poem by John Masefield…
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I have gathered  these colours and emotions into a pallete that I call ‘Pebble Beach’. It encapsulates the specific essence of these moments with a calm a serene feel.

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