In honour of the fantastic charity P.A.T.C.H ,and the brave souls who dive fearlessly into these icy and wild waters at midday on boxing day, I'm raffling off my canvas "Ventnor Beach in November" It's 2 metres long and worth £400.
Tickets are £1, and can be bought from the gallery now and on the day. Lets see how much we can raise!!! ALL PROCEEDS go to the fabulous local charity P.A.T.C.H. www.patchiow.org.uk
The draw will be made, and the winner announced post swim at the gallery. Good luck!
If you're swimming, or watching from the shore, look out for me and give me a wave when the whistle goes off. I'm planning to swim out early and photograph the annual spectacular from the water. The view, I hope, will be something like this, adorned with your lovely faces and goose-bumped bodies!
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Lockdown projects... This is a view from the cliff tops near Blackgang Chine looking down on St. Catherine's lighthouse and the seemingly endless ocean beyond. The skies here seem really big.
I'll often take a morning run past this spot, and have photographed it many times, but never loved the result. I like it best when the sea and the sky and the earth all feel part of the same entity: shaped from the same clay so to speak.
I'm not explaining this well, but sometimes when it's misty and the light is low, it's hard to tell where the earth turns into air and the sea turns into sky. For some reason this makes me happy. This, I think, is what this picture is about.
It's a pencil sketch and a water big messy watercolour which I've then brought into photoshop and completely reworked. I like it, and I hope it pleases you too.