I was determined. I just had to get these fisherman's cottages in Arniston right. The problem is you won't get a book on "how to paint the fisherman's cottages in Arniston". Maybe I should write that book one day! I had a few photos I took when we were there on holiday and a few pictures of other people's paintings. But I didn't want to just copy those, I wanted to do my own original paintings.
It was the year 1983 that I did these two paintings of Arniston. I did many more but I never took any photos of them. I will try to get a photo of my best one, I know who has it. These ones, I think, are better than my first attempt. The houses are more in proportion. By the way, (and you don't have to believe me, go see it for yourself) the colour of the sea is always that exact colour that is on this one painting, ALWAYS! It does not matter if it is overcast or raining or sunshine. It is the most amazing thing.
I heard this morning that Mohammad Ali once said: "If you want to dance in the light, you have to run in the dark." For me that means, if I want to achieve Renoir status, I still need to learn A LOT and paint A LOT. What does it mean for you?