The Fair season is officially over, at least for me that is. It has been a busy time with my seascapes on show at the Other Art Fair and my tube paintings appearing for the first time at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea.
However delighted I am at the sale of a painting I never find it easy letting them go and this week I sold one that is rather special. Long Walk Summer was painted a few years ago and it was inspired by a particular road of the same name which was along the route of my school run. It is a narrow lane with views across the Hampshire countryside and I loved to see the landscape change through the year.
This is also one of my last paintings on aluminium in this style and it hangs at home so it really will be missed. Luckily I have one left to replace it – Autumn, which was inspired by the glorious colours of the Itchen Valley. No doubt I shall paint others in this style but of course an artist moves on and the new paintings will never look quite the same as these.
Another painting to leave the studio is Sloane Square to South Kensington, one of my tube journey paintings. I have three left in this series. Two small ones and one large, once again on aluminium.
2017 has been a memorable. This month I have featured in Hampshire Life – a fitting end to an extraordinary year for exhibitions.
I have been itching to start painting landscapes again and my easel is leaning against the door ready to grab as soon as the Autumn colours show themselves properly. Luckily I have another exhibition next year which is occupying my time. For the last few weeks I have been living, breathing and sleeping with Ravel … the composer that is, and the man responsible for a piece of music which is the inspiration for a new collection of work.
Part of me simply wants to let go and fill the painted space with a mass of colour but there is another part of me that needs to impose some sort of order on the painting. It is taking time but I think I am very slowly getting there, though I am still trying to decide whether this is an emotional response, a painterly response to his style of composition or just an exploration of the power and rhythm of colour!