Greetings from my Studio
Happy New Year 2021
Oils and cold wax medium
on 12 x 12 inch Ampersand panel
This painting came about from a rescue...
I had scraped off a disaster and allowed the panel to dry.
Here are two panels ready for re-painting.
The one on the left is how 'Great Expectations'
looked before I began working.
I started by scribbling some marks with oil bars
to loosen up, then applied layers of oils and cold wax.
Mark-making is always intuitive as I tease out
a composition. I aim for harmony and balance.
The history of the original piece was revealed
when I scraped back with a rubber squeegee.
Some of the scribbles are showing.
I put it in a simple black float frame.
The studio is a chilly place to work but my
wood burner stove is cheerful on a winter's day.
My painting sessions are short.
I am excited about this next painting..
It began as I used some leftover oils from a previous work.
Some random marks and a final
swift scrape from left to right signalled 'done'.
Fortunately, I set it aside to dry.
It really shows how less can be more.
Thinking about it...
I am reminded of the lush sea grasses on
Lincolnshire's coastal marshes.
'Sea of the Grass'
Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 12 inch canvas
Now for a complete colour change.
Pink and violet blue.
The painting can be viewed from left or right.
'Lightness of Being'
Oils and cold wax medium on
16 x 16 inch Ampersand cradled panel
It is on an Ampersand cradled panel
which has a different feel to working on canvas.
The hard wood surface makes it easier to scrape layers
without the risk of damaging the fabric.
Arches oil paper also makes a good surface for making marks.
I often tape down a sheet of paper as a 'loosening up' exercise.
Here is a new sheet of 12 x 20 inch Arches oil paper.
This morning I taped off into 6 parts
with some spontaneous scribbles.
These will most likely get covered up under
layers of paint. It's just for fun really.
If they look suitable I cut them to use as greetings cards.
My messy table...
Just to show you,
A 12 x 20 inch panel drying before the next move...
at this present time I haven't yet decided
where I shall go with it.
It's in what I call the 'ugly stage'.
That's fine though.
It's the nature of my work.
I am happy with that.
Here is a digital doodle.
I made it on top of a photo of my recent disaster.
If I was clever...
I would paint this 🎨
Actually, I might do that,
Success not guaranteed.
Until next time,
thank you for visiting.
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