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.
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....
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!