Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Border: Bath Priory Hotel

The sketchbook fills week by week as I try and make the most of the last of the summer sun.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Drawing: Bath Priory Hotel Garden

I've always been attracted to statue busts in 'untidy' corners. There is something stoic and rather melancholic about them. Fixed and staring out into space. They are like lost souls longing for home. They often bear the mark of time due to their long exposure to the weather. They can accumulate a peculiar patina which becomes a metaphor for life experience. Sometimes pock-marked and chipped they become little mirrors of our own thoughts.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Black Pool 3, 31-7-14

Working with no direct reference a pastel and ink painting onto card of the 'Black Pool'.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The 'History' of Painting

I'm sorry for this impudent and disingenuous title. However, in the scheme of my own painting world I chose it to remind myself that there exists a thread that appears to tie unrelated works together over time. 

In the early 1980's I composed a small number of little abstract pastel paintings. It was a short season of vital work and the creative flame burnt briefly – a match strike. I've hardly been that way again. Now, as I look forward to creating some new works I think that these paintings, over thirty years old, hold formal clues that will encourage me to push beyond my current boundaries. 

Pastel painting circa 1981

Sketchbook 23-7-14

Thursday, 24 July 2014

No.3 Meriden

Afternoon drawing from 23-7-14. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Yellow Dahlia: Bath Priory Garden

Just been out this morning in the gardens at the Bath Priory Hotel. Armed with my pastels I've just produced this painting–Yellow Dahlia. To 'prove it' I've taken my first selfie with sunflowers. I wonder if Vincent would've done the same!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

'Black' Pool–The Bath Priory Hotel

Pastel on paper

In the gardens of the Bath Priory Hotel there is a formal pond enclosed in a walled terrace. The first time I saw it–its deep black reflecting sky and tulips–I thought about painting. I began to think of Matisse, and spaces both interior and exterior. I began to think of colour and the picture plane…I got excited and then a little overwhelmed.

Matisse: Goldfish and Palette

Paris, quai Saint-Michel, fall 1914
Oil on canvas
57 3/4 x 44 1/4" (146.5 x 112.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift and bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
MoMA Number:
© 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York