YOSEMITE, ST IVES AND THE ANNUNCIATION!

In the middle of October I flew out to San Francisco to visit my entrepreneurial son!  It is an amazing city with amazing prices and I didn’t stay long enough to do more than a few small studies.  Yosemite National Park was a different matter.  We took an RV and camped just outside so we could drive in each day.  Spectacular scenery as you would expect, made all the more glorious by the Autumn colours.  What sticks with me?  The miles of burnt tree stumps from previous forest fires, the pink of the soil turning to purple in the distance and the bright bright yellow of the maples.

When I get back to my studio instead of taking out photographs I simply look at the sketches to take myself back to that place.  I am working on large canvasses with a bright yellow colour palette, muted with inks and spray paint. 

IMG_0408.JPG

The first of my Yosemite paintings is now with Cadogan Contemporary in London.  I shall be continuing the series alongside my St Ives collection.  St Ives is a little closer to home than California and I visit regularly to recapture in my mind those extraordinary North Cornwall colours.  My largest St Ives canvas is now back in the studio..just about fitting on the back wall!  There is another underway....

  THE ANNUNCIATION   I am delighted that my Annunciation Series has sold and will be going to the perfect home.  This was a project very close to my heart, which challenged me in a completely unique way and which I shall almost certainly never repeat. 

 THE ANNUNCIATION

I am delighted that my Annunciation Series has sold and will be going to the perfect home.  This was a project very close to my heart, which challenged me in a completely unique way and which I shall almost certainly never repeat. 

IMG_0411.JPG

ONLINE STORE

Sadly I cannot just paint, I have to try and pay the studio rent as well, so this week I have spent a couple of days designing an online shop as part of my website.  I shall be regularly updating this - adding paintings and prints that have come back from exhibition or been sitting around for too long.  Some of them are new, some of them are paintings from another time - particularly my pixel paintings which kickstarted my career when I qualified from art college.  It is an exciting time!

RAVEL, ST IVES AND SKETCHING...

It has been a busy few weeks.  I took it upon myself to redesign my website making it more streamlined and less cluttered...and of course it took much longer than I had intended.  Anyway, here it is finally.  I shall use my blog to keep people up to date and actually I find writing a blog a very good way of reminding myself what I am up to! 

Going going gone!

A NEW CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION..

Ravel Studies at The Other Art Fair in Bristol in July

Ravel Studies at The Other Art Fair in Bristol in July

I am delighted that 3 of my Ravel paintings, seen here at The Other Art Fair in Bristol in July, have sold to one of London’s best known hotels.  It is all top secret at the moment but suffice to say they are in a very high profile space and will be featuring in the launch this Autumn.  There are still paintings left in this collection.  I have left them unframed and polished the sides with beeswax because the bespoke birch panels were just too beautiful to frame.

Since exhibiting at the Minster Gallery in Winchester I have started a new collection of paintings inspired by the extraordinary town of St Ives in Cornwall.  Although I have holidayed for many years in the West Country I have never made it as far as St Ives.  This year I did.  It was in January and I was blown away by the light and the colours.  So, in a hurry to get started, I painted over a series of paintings which I completed a few years ago.  With the Ravel works so fresh in my mind it was only natural that the mark making has carried over into the larger St Ives works.

FullSizeRender.jpg

St Ives.  Ravel.  Oil on canvas, 160 x 110cm

Another advantage of redoing my website is I have had to rethink and rewrite my artist statement - an essential I am afraid when it comes to submitting work for open exhibitions or national prizes.  It is also a good discipline for me to sit down and work out exactly what I am about.  I try to keep it as short as possible, and you can read it in the ‘about’ section of this website.

Re-inventing myself with this website has also encouraged me to get out there and try new ways of working.  In September I did a 3 day landscape masterclass in the South Downs.  The emphasis was very much on sketching rather than photographing.  Absorbing the landscape and then carrying just one or two big ideas into the studio.   Putting aside any visual references, mixing a colour palette and simply allowing the painting process to guide you.

From left top - digital sketch and oil on paper - South Downs

From left top - digital sketch and oil on paper - South Downs

I am carrying that idea with me now wherever I go, together with a sketchbook, inks and graphite.

the footpath to Greve de L’Ecq.  Jersey

the footpath to Greve de L’Ecq.  Jersey

And finally...as part of all this rethinking I have reorganised my studio so that I can breathe again whilst I am working.  All the old paint tubes have gone and I have moved things around so that there is more white space and a working easel that I can see from a distance.  Bring on the Autumn!

IMAGE.JPG

My Winchester Studio - open most mornings and by appointment