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

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Guildhall, Bath

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

Portugal: Rooftops

This little painting is another created from a sketch using 'palette leftovers'. Modest paintings like this one, with minimal revisions, contain an immediacy of mark making, freshness and intensity of vision.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

White House Detail

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

Winter over summer

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.