Some time ago I made a promise
to paint St Leonard’s Church in Middleton, Manchester. I have been meaning to paint its Wooden tower for a long time.
The Church dominated my childhood, so it’s a personal perspective.
We learnt about it’s history at school. It’s unique wooden clock tower on a medieval church. The secret passageways used during the reformation with tales of ghosts still haunting them. Not quite the pristine image of church people like to portray.
In short everything that could fire the imagination of a child.
I’ve even been to family weddings there. It’s quite a traditional subject matter but think I’ve given it a new perspective.
As usual I begin with the initial drawing.
Then the painting begins…
Peeling the masking of large areas requires a considered techique and is one of my favourite stages in the whole process.
Due to my heavy use of masking the picture always undergoes a final transformation. I am always surprised by how the painting looks when it’s finished. I love the not knowing, although it can be pretty scary until you’re sure it has worked.
If you’d like to see me at work in the studio then please come along to our Bucks Open Studio Exhibition where I’ll be demonstrating how my paintings are created. You can even have a play with the materials if you like.
Hope you can make it!