Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Uncertainty Of Painting

Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone. This unfinished painting now only remains as a low grade jpg file having been destroyed during a momentary failure of nerve. This isn't to suggest that all was well with it. Simply, there are times in pursuing a new direction when your reference points become momentarily obscured. It is like leaving safe harbour and watching the security of land slip away. Then you must trust in the map you are following until you make fresh landfall. Finding this image six years on I see that it held far more than I could understand at the time.

Friday, 14 November 2014

From The Archive: View to Killerton c.1998

This viewpoint to Killerton (Devon) became familiar because It was seen from Brampford Speke where my parents-in-law once lived. It looks out from an elevated position across the river Exe. The fields are prone to flooding in winter and the sky is often animated by passing storms. This painting is freely executed and, as is so often the case, lies over another. The previous image is like a geological rock striation poking through at points, revealing another history. The source of the painting is a sketchbook gouache. Below is a further sketch and I hope to post 2 more images from the 'Killerton' archive at some later date.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Jazz Guitar

Sunday evening is the new Saturday evening for those over a certain age. Though I'm not given to going down town at night I enjoyed whiling away a couple of hours in the company of a friend. One of his mates, a guitarist and former musical collaborator was doing the musical honours.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Tutela Africa and Running a Half Marathon

As an artist and designer I was asked to create a visual identity for a nascent charity that works in Mozambique amongst vulnerable children. Their name is Tutela and their goal is to create a sustainable model for long term foster care. That means helping to develop a culture of foster caring amongst African families for orphaned and abandoned children. As I personally know the founders well I choose to further my support by running my second half marathon for charity in Bournemouth recently. Great day and great event. 'Deceptive' photo included–I really was running with 11,000 others!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

RHS Rosemoor

A late September holiday in sunshine which included a visit to RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon. My wife is a gardener and I enjoy our visits to such places as these. An outside gallery of sorts. Full of 'gems' which lie somewhere between a state of order and disorder. And, like a gallery it's hard to maintain concentration with so much to 'see'. After a while it is a matter of letting go, enjoying the spaces and allowing things to come to you in sight, sound and smell.

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Bath Priory: Marigolds

No specific notes with this drawing. Enough to say that during its making I was aware of things that intensify my sense of being.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Across the 'Black Pool'

Working in gouache, watercolour and black ink with no preliminary sketching I painted this view across the 'Black Pool'. The horizontals created by the pool, terrace steps and sunlit lawn, framed by the verticals of the gateway, lend the whole picture a formal strength. Though painted plein air it exists between what is observed and what is transformed through the process of painting.