A trip to St Ives just before Christmas was just what I needed to kickstart the canvasses I shall be taking to The Other Art Fair this March.
Another fix of that extraordinary light and an excuse to revisit my ‘cornish’ colour palette - ultramarine, yellow ochre, raw umber, warm white and a touch of pink. Photographs simply act as a prompt. The real memory joggers are my sketches.
I have sea and rocks in mind for my next 2 large canvasses. In the meantime I have completed 2 more large St Ives canvasses inspired by the late afternoon Winter light overlooking Porthmeor beach. The first was relatively straightforward - the 2nd took much longer for some reason.
Alongside the St Ives paintings I have been working on another series of paintings inspired by my trip to Yosemite in the Autumn. Memories of burnt trees, pink soil, purple and blue grey cliffs and the intense yellows of the maple trees. I have completed 3 works so far - each one beginning with spray paint which I apply outside my studio in random shapes of colour. These shapes guide the painting forward through layers of ink, acrylic and finally oil. The last 2 Yosemite paintings have been diptychs...one work created across two canvasses - a first for me. I am playing with colour and mark. Not too much control - simply allowing the painting to speak to me as I build up the layers.
I shall be taking my Yosemite and St Ives collection to THE OTHER ART FAIR at Trumans Brewery in March. Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th. The same weekend as FLUX at the The National Army Museum which will be exhibiting the remaining paintings in my Ravel collection - all of which have now been framed ready for the show.