‘Red Flags’ 60x60cm, mixed media on canvas. A painting that was on and off the easel for about 6 months whilst several refinements were made. Sometimes, (but not always!), I have a very clear idea of the feeling that I want from a painting. After about a week this painting was 90% ‘there’ but extracting the last 10% took 90% of my time and energy. I live less than half a mile from this scene and so I see it in all weather conditions. What I painted was a day with a light onshore breeze, luminous sea and a light swell that was just breaking on the rocks at low tide. These rocks signal a reef that is mostly below sea level where local crabbers drop their pots. These pots are marked by flags (which aren’t always red but I felt that the painting demanded this particular colour).