We are about seven weeks into 2014 but I remain in reflective mood. It feels like a season of work has concluded (though it's rarely that black and white). Generally, for me most change is incremental with seams of different work created alongside one another. And, whilst I'm not anticipating a major shift of emphasis I have dusted off a large, lightly used sketchbook and supplemented my pastel collection. I'm planning some new on-site drawings in familiar landscapes which I hope will be an impetus to a clear resolution/revelation in my painting.
The studio with some 'old' work out (the figure study excepted).
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Done earlier this month prior to leaving for Australia this landscape was painted quickly over an existing figure study. I am interested in structure without becoming too formal or cerebral. I also wanted to test out how things work when the major elements are pushed to the periphery. In other cases that may mean cropping an horizon line very close to the top edge of a canvas. In this case the grass expanse is interrupted only by a 'sapling'. The other elements are moved up and back or to the side.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
When you are in a new city finding a place to eat that becomes your go-to diner is difficult. Around the corner from where we were staying was Muleta's. Next to the Queen Victoria Market this roomy but wholly unpretentious place became a regular haunt. Whether breakfast and coffee in the morning or a late lunch, Muleta's seemed to hit the mark.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Just returned from Australia. My wife and I had a two week break that took in stops in Melbourne, including a day at the Australian Open, and Esperance, a small port on the South West coast. Sarah has relatives in and around Esperance and we were well looked after. We also enjoyed a brief sojourn in Perth. Time for sketching was limited but this was done in Melbourne during a hot spell where temps regularly topped 40 degrees. It is of Queen Victoria Market a largely unchanged historic fruit and veg market. There is also an adjacent section trading on tourist dollars–Much less interesting!
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Several years ago I entered my first 'competition' since my student days and produced a quite horrible painting. Though exhibited it was quickly obliterated once the show finished. However, in preparation I made several studies of which this, along with some sketches and a small acrylic painting, survive. This small oil was painted over an existing sketch which hadn't worked either. The view has strong emotional and familial connections. It is North Parade Bridge, Bath looking towards a restaurant garden nestling in the crook between the bridge's base and a cellar wall. The original restaurant was envisioned and created by my father and his business partner back in the early 1970's. As a young boy I was deeply proud of what my dad had 'made'. As he and I get older those feelings, when present, have only intensified. Good memories enshrined in a small and personal painting.