Fish are a longstanding favourite subject of mine to paint, I love the glow and flash of their colours when viewed underwater, and their beautiful movements. This shoal of herring swims in a mesmerising non-stop circle at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary. The herring are local, scooped up from the water of Loch Creran, just outside the sanctuary near Oban in Argyll.
Herring used to be called Silver Darlings, and they used to exist in unbelievably vast numbers; the word herring comes from the Old German for “multitude”. Like so many species which used to be so abundant, however, the herring was over exploited by people, overfished to virtual extinction, and the fishing industry surrounding it crashed. The silver darlings are now relatively rare, although there are reports of slight recovery.
I filmed and photographed the fish, then painted them back at my studio.
The painting is for sale on my online shop here.
Silver Darlings. Acrylic. 2015
My sea paintings are currently in the window of Arteria shop/Gallery 23 in Lancaster, displayed alongside beautiful sea themed glassware by Morpheus Glass and jewellery by Sarah Packington.
Sea paintings on show in Arteria, Lancaster
I painted this acrylic sketch during this mornings Art in the Park session. I’m always drawn to watery subjects, and I also love the slightly indistinct shapes the fish make as they swirl about.
Koi ripples, Butterfly House. Acrylic sketch.
I was delighted to be contacted by Peter Atkinson at Bistro 21, Southport, who is beginning a series of art exhibitions at his lovely restaurant. I will be showing a selection of my seascapes and coastal landscapes throughout March – and I’m looking forward to sampling the cuisine…
Here are three unseasonable paintings of Eskdale, Cumbria, in June. I sketched while I was there, but it was only two weeks ago I finally got around to painting these.
Summer arrived late this year. Midsummer was cold and grey; the only clue to the season in upper Eskdale was the colour of the grass, a beautiful almost shockingly bright green. Small gaps in the clouds allowed shafts of sunlight through which picked out the shape of the fellsides and highlighted parts of the drystone dykes. The granite scree and boulders looks almost purple and blue in shadow.
The paintings will be for sale in an Affordable Art Show at the Storey Institute, Lancaster for the next few weeks. The show opens this Friday 29th November, from 6-9 pm – everyone is welcome.
These acrylic paintings are of the view south west across the channels of the River Keer, which flows into Morecambe Bay carving beautiful shapes into the mud. In fading autumn afternoon light at low tide the sky and the land appear in soft and muted tones of grey, purple and blue, while the water in the river channels flashes silver. Living near the edge of Morecambe Bay I visit it as often as I can, watching how the light and colours change throughout the seasons. These were painted after a recent trip to Silverdale, near the border with Cumbria. As usual I painted using my fingers and a palette knife as well as paintbrushes. I’d like to say I do this because working directly with my fingers allows a more spontaneous, direct style, however, I think I really just like being messy.
The paintings are for sale at http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/janet_mary_robinson.
Autumn, Morecambe Bay.
River Keer, Morecambe Bay.