Often the way we see an artwork is affected by the environment we are in. When this painting is on display at Tate St Ives in Cornwall (which overlooks Porthmeor Beach) it is often likened to a wave in a stormy sea crashing against the base of a ragged cliff. The artist, Sandra Blow, has created an amazing texture on the surface by using sawdust and charcoal and then painting over the top of it. The title doesn’t really tell us much about how we should look at this painting so our imagination needs to take over!
Can you imagine being in this wintry storm? It looks cold and dangerous. Perhaps you’re a fisherman trying to reach the port, or a lighthouse keeper watching out for danger. You could even be a sea creature waiting for an unsuspecting ship to pass by. See if you can use some descriptive words to paint a picture, just like Sandra has done.