Reading the recent feature on Hiroshi Sugimoto and how the sea inspired his work, I was reminded of artist Bill McArthur. After moving to the Orkney Islands, his art concentrated heavily on the sea (the main view on a small island). He was interested in wave action and the way in which strong winds de-naturize water, turning it from a liquid substance to flying wind-borne spray. Equally fascinating to him was the way in which tide influences a wave’s profile, and the effect of rocks and shallow water on how a wave disperses its energy.
I went to the Orkney islands myself last year, and was shocked by the amount of artists making a living from their work around the island. But when you see the surroundings, it’s not surprising that so many people are inspired. A keen photographer myself, I too tried my hand at capturing the beautiful seascape. I was inspired by the close symmetry between the blue sky and sea, and also by the way the light plays on the water. Unlike most, I was lucky to see Orkney in the sun.
There’s no need to go as far as Orkney though. This was taken in Bournemouth…
And this is Saunton, Devon….
For more on Bill McArthur, see www.seascape-art-orkney.co.uk
Photo Credits: Katy McIntosh.
Lots of Razz love, Katy. xxx.