Hello and welcome to my Blog.
‘Find me if you can’
When I first began painting I wanted
to be a ‘serious landscape artist’.
My paintings were about trying to copy the landscape.
To depict it as it really is.
Then I realised I would never achieve it.
Nature has it to perfection.
I began to search for another way to make
landscape paintings and I realised it didn’t have
to be a literal representation of my surroundings.
My work has evolved over 20 years and I have
enjoyed the journey experimenting
with different materials.
Oils became my favourite medium.
I love the creamy luscious feeling as I work,
making marks and ‘sculpting’ the paint.
‘Best of all times’
As I gained confidence my work became wilder...
I loosened up, making gestural sweeps with a
brush or other tools. It seemed I had found my ‘voice’
and marks seemed to appear almost magically.
As I progressed, I found taking risks with my art
and not being too ‘precious’ was the most valuable lesson.
I would recommend this to anyone wondering
how to move on in their work.
‘Every turn of the tide’
My pictures might be described as
imaginary places with a hint of memories.
Layers of paint and scribbles give a worn appearance.
There is often a reference to landscape and the coast.
Other pieces might depict objects drawn loosely
here and there, as if a still life arrangement.
Or geometric shapes.
‘Taking tea together, will you join us?’
A picture with drawing in the paint.
Loose and gestural.
Nothing is wasted when I use the
leftover oils on my palette.
On a piece of Arches oil paper I make
random marks and gestures with the paint.
Any colour will do and there is no particular plan.
I turn the paper round to create little mini landscapes.
Sometimes there are parts I can
crop to use as cards or bookmarks.
Here is a leftover from this week...
Reminiscent of autumn fields
or sea marshes along the East Coast.
Leftover paint was used in a similar
way on this small canvas.
Paint was scrubbed on and scraped back.
Dark and mysterious, the image gave it
an ethereal feeling of a moonlit scene.
I took photos of the process to see where
it changed as I continued to work.
then the under painting became
a little wilder....
I liked it but wanted to move on with
some more bold marks....
Several days later, using a roller,
the final marks were placed.
Time to stop.
The finished picture...
Here it is, sitting in my home
next to a ceramic pot by Lyn Lovitt and
a small wood sculpture carved by Mike Lovitt.
‘I lose my thoughts to nature’s dream’
Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 16 inch canvas
in a black wood float frame.
The title reflects my mood and inner voice...
Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.