Colour in Nature – book cover design

A Walk to the Water cover design

Dear readers,

Having considered your comments from the previous posts – Cover design and Cover design – an amalgamation experiment – I have now come up with this new front cover design for A Walk to the Water.

The aim was to comprise elements from the three previous works (see below for reference): Colour, companionship, walking, adventure, nature and art. Your advice on the matter has been invaluable, and, should you have a few spare minutes, I would love to hear your thoughts on this new design.

The previous design ideas:

A Walk to the Water - painted cover - trees A Walk to the Water cover design A Walk tot he Water cover design

Thank you, again.

Coastal Waves

Coastal Waves, oil on canvas (Daniel Graham)

Coastal Waves, oil on canvas (Daniel Graham)

I’ve clambered on rocky shores with the moonlight on my side many times over. Stopping from time to time, I’ll look up, not only to catch my breath and assess the route ahead, but to absorb the wonder of the pellucid cyan at the crest of an oncoming wave.

Storm Ship

Storm Ship, oil on board (Daniel Graham)

Storm Ship, oil on board (Daniel Graham)

‘They can be an irritant,’ my grandmother once told me. ‘They take a long time to dry and are difficult to wash off your hands!’

And so, courtesy of my grandmother’s brief angst towards oil paints, I didn’t touch the medium for twenty years. How impressionable children can be.

Yesterday I found some old oil paints in my friend’s paint box.

There’s nothing quite like painting the ocean. I wanted to be on that ship, with the waves crashing overhead and the taste on salt on my tongue, until I remembered my stomach.

Pen y Fan Adam

Brecon Beacons Adam, acrylic on canvas (Daniel Graham)

Brecon Beacons Adam, acrylic on canvas (Daniel Graham)

Adam turns towards my brother before ascending up the south-western face of Pen Y Fan, Brecon Beacons (Wales).