Painting insights: Through takes less effort

Painting insights: Through takes less effort

This special painting 'Through takes less effort' was selected to feature in the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition in 2021, and exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London SW1.

I really enjoyed working on this wave painting, quietly immersing myself in it. It was completely absorbing, mesmerising and meditative:

It may seem counter-intuitive, but ask any surfer or sea swimmer and they’ll tell you that when faced with a ‘green wall’ of water, the path of least resistance is straight through. When I first discovered that duck-diving through the waves was safer, quicker and so much easier physically it was liberating, but to start with it took courage. This is a good analogy for many things in life; often going headfirst through the things we fear is rewarding and turns out to be far easier than we imagined. I’m always inspired to paint the sea not only because of its physical properties but because it provokes such powerful thoughts and emotions.

Through takes less effort, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 61 cm

This painting is available to purchase on my website.


Contemporary Landscapes

Sarah Jane's paintings reflect internal landscapes through the beauty of the Pembrokeshire skies and countryside, the natural drama of the elements and the sea.

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