A change of scene…
12th September…So here I am on my final day on the shores of lake Como. I have been staying in a small boat house with spectacular views of the lake and I have rediscovered my love of pencil drawing. It took a while. I have spent so long trying to find an abstract language that I am far too self critical when it comes to the figurative. But eventually I couldn’t resist picking up a pencil and sketching the boats and the hills and the small village on the opposite shore – watching the changing light on the water and even playing with my watercolours! It is hard to imagine being back in my studio in Winchester.
18th September…Time flies and I am back struggling with my large Farley Mount painting. You may remember that I started this in June after watching the sunset over a particularly beautiful stretch of countryside just outside Winchester. Time away from the studio has helped me realise that I must stop playing out my ideas on the surface of one piece of aluminium. What I have produced is a series of paintings. Each one is painted over as I work through my ideas. I can never return to them. I shall carry on with this painting which is proving elusive, but at the same time I shall start testing out ideas on paper – something I have not tried before.
A busy Summer!
I am sure I am not unusual in that I am inclined to either paint over or destroy paintings which I feel have hung around in my studio for too long. I painted the Souk, based on an evening in Marrakech, 4 years ago. It came with me to one of the first Other Art Fairs in London and this Summer it found a new home – a young couple who saw the work and fell in love with it all those months ago. Which just goes to show that every work may eventually find a home but it takes time! Two of my tube paintings also left the studio in August, and I have two commissions to deliver – a painting of St Ouen’s bay in Jersey at sunset, and a pixel painting. It is good to be busy!
THE OTHER ART FAIR
Old Truman Brewery, Spitalfields
I am bringing a different selection of work to the fair this October. A series of paintings on Perspex and limited edition photographs. I spent a year photographing Hilliers Arboretum in Hampshire through the seasons. From the hundreds of images I have selected just 12 to bring to the fair. These are abstract images that focus on tiny patches of light, flower and foliage. They are 40 x 40cm, mounted on aluminium with a dibond finish.