Responding the environment Resolving the painting into a painting – how does that work? Setting the concrete for the world at the start of the painting – determining the space. After that, it is putting forms in the world. Establishing structure, shapes, density, gravity, filling the distance and determining how much of the space is […]Read more "Painting process of this series – initial thoughts"
In the garden today. Which was quite spontaneous, but felt right. I was drawn completely and utterly to the sky today in this painting. That was the thing that drew all of my attention, save perhaps a mark or two. It feels slightly odd saying my attention was only on the sky though, because it […]Read more "Painting No.8"
I had a break yesterday. I was really in the flow, and didn’t want to take the day off, but I wanted to get other things done. Going painting today, I felt like I had lost some of my rhythm which comes from the routine of painting everyday. I knew where I wanted to go, […]Read more "Painting No. 6"
Painting on the old railway track near the boardwalk today. It started off as a dark grey cloudy afternoon, but the clouds gave way to light puffs of clouds and blue skies for sunset. I set up with the canvas facing the pathway, to my right and left you could look down the path. I […]Read more "Painting No.5"
The sky overhead was semi-transparent tones of grey, with soft ultramarine blues coming through. The sky moved quickly (as it always does I guess!). At one point there was a circular hole in the misty clouds, to reveal a blue sky above, covered in a thin veil of grey haze. I painted just off the […]Read more "Painting No.4"
Really excited to have my work featured in Degree Art’s Christmas Gift Guide this year.Read more "Degree Art Christmas Gift Guide"
So there I was, on the beach, I had my car packed full of painting things, I had hours until it got dark, I was all prepared to paint. But the sky was grey, and that voice came into my head don’t waste a whole big new canvas on this! This is something I’d heard […]Read more "A new painting"
I had never thought music was something that influenced what I paint. This now seems a bit silly, since when I think back to plein air painting moments that were really great, I was always listening to something. Most memorably to classical music. I listent to this podcast called Classical Fix. It’s a BBC show […]Read more "Music in the painting process"
I picked this red underpainting to add around the blue mesh in the middle. It feels positive to get rid of the white background and fill the canvas! I have been thinking a bit about the boundary between the ‘heavenly’ or the ‘otherworldly’ and the touchable, earth we spend our lives on. This was inspired […]Read more "Painting Process: Red underpainting"
To picking a canvas size and shape. Through doing the sketch I figured out what distance the concentric circles need to be from each other, as they expand outwards, to create the illusion of looking up at a large globe like shape. The right size globe that fits with the massive size of the sky! […]Read more "Painting a structure for the sky: Process"