This painting represents something of my dream home.
There was a time in my life when I could wake up in the morning, walk into the kitchen and look out over the trees to the sea.

How I loved that house. I could have lived there forever, but as it turned out, life had other plans.

So for the time being, creating the pastel painting 'Becalmed' will have to suffice.

Since I am not an architect, I wanted to find a photo of a basic room construction that fitted with the vision I had in my mind. After all, there didn't seem much point in painting a room that looked as if it was about to fall over.

I settled on a photo of a room facing onto a rather shabby looking garden with an array of terracotta pots and tubs.

I had a rough idea of what I wanted to include, as far as the interior furnishings were concerned, although these continued to evolve throughout the course of the painting.

As is quite often the case with me, I will paint something in and if it doesn't work (that is to say it just doesn’t look good), I will brush it off and try something different.

Suffice to say, that was the case with this particular painting several times.

Happily, I think the colours and configuration of the room itself (not to mention its ocean view), were ideally suited and conducive to the medium of pastels.

I was able to capture a subtle, gentle blend that drew the image of the ocean inside the house itself. To my eye, I think it eased the visual transition and created a lovely delicate union between house and landscape.

Of course, for me my dream home could not possibly be complete without an uninterrupted view of the ocean, with a handful of beautiful yachts and some other wonderful boats thrown in for good measure.