Not for me still waters, it is the ebb and flow of the tide which excites. As the waters ebb the food rich mud is exposed and the wading birds can feed. As the tide turns the birds move shore wards foraging at the water’s edge.
The best time to watch and sketch is during a full moon when the tide is at its highest and the wading birds are pushed up close to the shoreline.
My love for the sea stems back many years when we owned and worked a fishing boat, first in the Severn Estuary and thenin the English Channel. I find the movement of water and wildlife fascinating and it is this vitality, light and atmosphere that I am now trying to depict in my wildlife paintings.