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.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Bath Priory Hotel Garden Terrace

The sun remains strong and I'm back out whenever the opportunity arises.

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.