ISLAND DREAMS 1 and 2 oil pastel on mount board
Both these paintings were inspired by the Isles of Scilly looking from Tresco towards the Eastern Isles. The Eastern Isles are small and inhabited by seals and birds. The sand is almost white and on a sunny day the clear waters are the most amazing blues and aquamarines and the sparkle on the water intense. The mount board I used had a slight texture that helped make the sparkle. I use Caran d'ache and Daler Rowney oil pastels. They are not as hard as some oil pastels. I like it that they become softer while working as I like to blend the colours on the board.