Art on the Beach


Ann Palmer

Gallery 2

1 - 14 August
Ann has developed her reputation as a plein air painter, working in the vineyards of the Loire Valley and around the Kent Coast where, until last year, she worked out of a beach hut in Whitstable.

The artist has been painting ‘en plein air’ in Whitstable for several years, standing on the pebbly beach watching the tide ebb and flow, the morning mist across the Swale (the water which separates the Isle of Sheppey from the mainland), the light on the horizon, the clouds coming in from the west over London, and the light out to sea to the north and east. The low tide exposes sandbanks, pebbles, seafood for the gulls to seek. Increasingly, she is using this experience to paint larger studio pieces.

Ann Palmer has been working from home for 10 years and now uses her attic studio for preparing canvases and framing and storing her work. She also paints in her conservatory and home. In January 2017, the artist took a studio in the Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham where she is currently a Gallery Artist.

Ann paints in oils, usually on canvas prepared by herself with acrylic gesso. Usually she then coats the canvas with turpsy red, often Indian Red, sometimes Burnt Siena. When this is dry, she lays out the scene with a thin coat of oil paints and builds on this using a brush. Once the initial paint has been laid, Ann uses a palette knife to create thicker, brightly coloured, more textured works. The extent to which the painting is built with more impasto depends on the scene she is painting and her mood - her painting is accompanied by listening to classical music.

The artist paints from memory, inspiration, from sketches and paintings and her own photographs. Ann’s favourite subject is the sea, sky and landscape; many of her paintings in the exhibition will be of local sites on the Kent Coast. Others will be from the Cornish Coast and some from the vineyards in France.

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