Seaweed is only revealed at low tide and is hugely inspiring, according to Dorchester artist Christine Rogers.
She discovered this revelation during preparations for her forthcoming solo show in Shaftesbury this summer.
In fact this discovery inspired Christine to paint Oarweed, a variety of seaweed, during a trip to Lyme Regis. “When I saw the sun shine through its leaves, there was a golden glow. Its stems were long and graceful like the neck of a swan. I never thought of seaweed as being beautiful but this experience changed my mind!”
A walk along the shore at Burton Bradstock inspired another painting. “The beauty beneath our feet features pebbles in all their glorious shapes and colours, the water transforming them from dull tones to glistening jewels. The variations in colour and tones were a perfect subject for me to paint.”
Christine has been busy producing a number of paintings and she has selected her favourites to exhibit in her solo show at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from July 10 to 16.
“My exhibition illustrates my journey through the Dorset land and seascapes that inspire me,” says Christine, who is looking forward to meeting visitors at the exhibition preview from 5pm to 6.30pm on July 12 where there will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles.
“Landscapes and seascapes are the subjects I love,” she adds. “My aim has been to create paintings that will lift the spirit through colour and subject matter and inspire visitors to explore the coast and countryside featured in my art.”
Christine looks at her subject from unusual angles, focussing on its patterns and movement and the way it catches the light.
Solo Exhibition July 10 to 16, 2019
Shaftesbury Arts Centre
13 Bell Street Shaftesbury SP7 8AR
10am – 4pm daily incl. Sunday