The Sea in my Barn

It’s hot here. 40° degrees C or 104°Fahrenheit. It’s hard to work outside, except early in the morning. We’re under siege. The shutters on the house stay shut until after sunset. It works. The house stays cool and most of the windows in my studio face north.

Catherine Forshall painting sardines in her studio in France

Was that why I started painting the sea and its creatures? To bring the cool blue into this hot dry place?  That might have been part of it, part of why I enjoy it, why it makes me feel happy.

Shells, pencils, a star fish in a wooden trug

I’m painting sardines, Sardine pilchardus. I am calling it Sardine Shoal, though in the sea it would be only a tiny part of the huge murmurations of sardines that makes up a shoal.  Like many fish sardine numbers are under pressure from over fishing. Some scientists think that sardines help to keep the sea healthy and reduce the amount of methane sent into the atmosphere.

Woman in blue denim, Catherine Forshall, painting sardines on canvas in evening light

This painting will go in my forthcoming show, Coast, this November at the Flying Colours Gallery in Chelsea.

Here is a detail.

Two Sardines against a blue background, acrylic on canvas, painting by Catherine Forshall

If you would like to be kept informed of forthcoming exhibitions please email me at catherineforshall@yahoo.co.uk

Photographs taken in the Lot, France © James Forshall

20/21 International Art Fair

The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is taking some of my work to the 20/21 International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art.

I’ll be showing with John Hitchens, Anita Mandi and Willow Legge.

Shells: incoming tide

Shells: incoming tide

The show is on from 9th to 12th May inclusive.

Opening Times:  Thursday 11a.m. – 9p.m.  Friday: 11a.m. – 8p.m.  Saturday: 11a.m. – 7p.m.   Sunday: 11a.m. – 6p.m.

Megavissey Bay: Cornish Sardines

Megavissey Bay: Cornish Sardines