#seventeensuns Nº 27
#seventeensuns Nº 27

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#seventeensuns No 27

Price: £860

#seventeensuns No 27. Oil on calico laid on board  8ins x 8ins

Peter Beeson is a British contemporary artist living in St. Ives, Cornwall.

He was invited by Mayes Creative to lead a social media project called Seventeen Suns. This is part of their Measuring the Universe Programme. The inspiration for this project comes from the Swiss astronomer Heinrich Schwabe.   From 1826-1843, a period of seventeen years, Schwabe made detailed drawings of the sun on every clear day.  Schwabe’s observations of sunspot activity led directly to the discovery of the solar cycle.

Everyday from the start of the project Peter painted every sunrise with an immediately visible sun, in keeping with the spirit of Schwabe’s immense achievement. These have been completed live, mostly from the window of his studio in St Ives and some from other locations. The discipline required and the illuminative nature of the subject has made him see things differently.

Here is an extract from Peter's notebook. N°27, 05:50 sunrise Gwithian. Alarm’s on for 05:15 today, come mid-June it’ll be at its earliest @ 04:30, so this morning’s a lie-in. Enter the studio to a scene of kaleidoscopic contrast, which only increases while I start painting immediately applying stock of the last few days’ mixes stored on board offcuts. Ironically and usefully, the sea is a flat slate expanse with barely any variation. Gradually a highly saturated crimson emerges in the mid-heaven bouncing off cloud, and I mix on main glass palette with brush for speed. At one point I tread on one of the stock boards and am dancing in paint. Enjoyably fruity actually. The cuprous hue of the burnt umber with a nip of english red second stain, is the same as that of the areas of reflected crimson blending with grey cloud, so they stay open. Arrival of the Godrevy foreground promontory over the last few days, now the Sun has moved round, inspires an off-centre composition, which is a pleasant change. I build Sun gradually with medium brush tip, brightening tones as it rises fully into the picture and close happy...
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