Back to the studio with some new painting. It’s been a crazy old month. I’ve been creating art but I have not been doing much in the way of blogging. I’m playing catch up after Oxford art weeks, Bucks Open Studios, a visit to Manchester… and another event last week which I can’t share at the moment but will when I can. In the meanwhile you can have fun speculating. Onto the new paintings, this one has a distinctly abstract feel. So I thought we could play a game. All masked and with a cling film layer. See if you can figure out what it is. It is abstract but it’s based on reality. This one should make it easier for you… Loving the bright colours. Still struggling, or have you guessed it? Here we have the masking being removed And a wide view. Yes, it’s a piece of wall. Did you spot the car? I have no idea what model it is. In my mind it’s something expensive. No doubt someone will correct me if I’m wrong. The photo was taken on one of the backstreets off Piccadilly in London. I forgot to note where. And finally a cropped […]
London Landscapes are full of surprises. One thing I love about the London Landscape is the way the city varies as you walk around. Cities like London never stand still. As one part dies back a new structure is built over the remains. Some features like The Tower have stood the test of time, surviving for centuries Whilst others appear transient, flimsy, functional structures that will house (or should that be office) employees. The one’s intended to stand out will always grab our attention. There may be differences in opinion as varied as there are tastes, but they will always grab our attention. Swaths of glass, tinted in myriad hues. Curving parabolas that focus the rays of the sun with catastrophic effect. Walking along the Thames last year I noticed the distinct outline of the growing office buildings of the financial district of London. Predominantly new offices at the back with more established ones in the foreground. Then there’s HMS Belfast. A Warship floating on the Thames as it has done for years. Symbols of growth and prosperity next to a beautiful and deadly symbol of destruction. My first Completed painting of 2017 captures that view. And it’s my second […]
Serendipity in art or the role of happy accidents.
Sure, you can know what you're doing, study methods and plan meticulously. You can control the paint to within an inch of it's life. You can be skilled enough to make the paintings seem lively, but too much control can often lead to lifeless work.
Watercolour, more than any 2 D medium is often transported by painting accidents.
Naming things can be hard, can’t it? I remember how hard it was figuring out the right name for each of our children when they were born. The sense of responsibility, and importance of getting it right, weighed heavily. Deciding on the right name for a painting can be equally challenging although the consequences of failure are less onerous. Good painting titles are elusive things. You either end up with something dull, contrived or twee and sometimes, all three. With this Manchester University Painting, the title was there as soon as I started work… Even at this stage, my painting had a name. It’s The Knowledge. In the background is
The moment trams were reintroduced in Manchester, I knew I'd end up painting them. Trams are fascinating, aren't they? They appeal to a childish part of our nature. So painting trams seemed only natural.