The Beach Palette

Mike Smalley has a really beautiful group of four Untitled oil and graphite on linen paintings. They need to be seen in the gallery to appreciate the texture of the linen and the perfection of the combination of colours. The deeper colours and graphite drawing add drama and contrast. They evoke all the beautiful beaches everyone loves and inspire a serene palette for a living or bedroom. A wonderful black and white photograph like Decaying house in the meadow near Waterman’s Head by Steven Evans works really well with the paintings. Less is more in a room like this and there is no reason to compete with the art with complex prints or strong colour. A room like this is a place to get away from noise of every kind.

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