Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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
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
Thursday, 10 July 2014
A couple of photographs courtesy of Joel Chapman from a recent show of work at a charity event at the Guildhall, Bath. As part of the evenings activities there was an auction hosted by Martin Roberts of Homes Under The Hammer (BBC1) fame.
Auction in action!
A pensive photo of me (far right) in front of my paintings
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Picking up from my post (White House 25-6-14) it seems evident that some paintings are the result of patient endurance, a creative stubbornness. This brings us into the tricky arena of motive. Why do we persist with some things and not others? Perhaps there does come a point when we know it's time to let something go. It is a blessed release. On other occasions we soldier on, wresting value in the struggle to make something cohere.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The title of this post is no indication of seasonal preference. The reverse is generally true. It simply marks the fact that the painting is a late winter painting that was made over another of a summer landscape. Hints of the former remain. Perhaps, more significantly is the knowledge that this is the 'last' painting planned of the Botanical Gardens, Bath.