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, some from other locations. The discipline required and the illuminative nature of the subject has made him see things differently.Extract from Peter's notes.
Notes on #seventeensuns Nº 35
05:36 sunrise Godrevy
Arrive at studio, the dawn is similar to the last two days, except for a couple of thick dark clouds mid sky. I set about mixing knocked back warm colours, where the sun will rise gold with a coral tinge left and north of Godrevy. A fortunate cadmium yellow mark lower right makes it sing and I grateful don’t mess with it.