Sue Fawthrop

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Cottages by the Bill

Cottages by the Bill SOLD

Stormy, Weymouth Bay

Stormy, Weymouth Bay

Corfe Castle, Morning

Corfe Castle, Morning

From Wareham Bridge

From Wareham Bridge

Swanage Old Pier

Swanage Old Pier

Swanage Bay

Swanage Bay SOLD

Stairhole

Stairhole

Anvil Point

Anvil Point

Portland Windsurfers

Portland Windsurfers

God Nore, Portland

God Nore, Portland

SFReflections oil 20x20cm36x36cmf£290

SFReflections oil 20x20cm36x36cmf£290

Sunlit Corfe

Sunlit Corfe SOLD

Outlook from Durlston

Outlook from Durlston SOLD

Corfe from the East

Corfe from the East

Banners at Middle Beach

Banners at Middle Beach

Evening Sun on Steeple Church

Evening Sun on Steeple Church SOLD

Hot Day at Osmington oil on board

Hot Day at Osmington oil on board SOLD

As with many artists, the need to experiment, change direction and push the boundaries dominates my work.

When I moved to Dorset in 2010, I was making large studio works in a vibrant, semi abstract style based on tonal landscape drawings, but I wanted another challenge. 

So I moved out of doors, and started to work on much smaller surfaces with oil, finishing works on site. The first results were a little crude and frequently a sticky mess but I enjoyed the experience of working directly from the scene and the challenge of a small surface. Nowadays the great majority of my work is created directly from the subject in this way.

Plein air painting is such a delicious thing to do.  Trying to capture one elusive ray of light as it hits a particularly bright field in the distance, whilst hanging on to your hat and easel in a high wind is exciting.  You can’t work carefully and I’m sure that struggle against the elements comes through in the energy of the work.

I love the smell of the paint, the light, the weather, the fact that everything is in constant flux.  This is infused in the pieces, along with small insects, bits of grass and occasionally a complete rework as everything has blown over and landed facedown (of course) in mud.

My aim is to create as much space and distance as possible on my little boards, working quickly and using big brushes and broad strokes to distill the scene.