Sunday, 3 November 2019

Going wild.

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.

Stage one...

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.