I was very happy to be invited to exhibit at the Freelands Foundation, London, in ‘Fully Awake 5.6’, a show that celebrates inter-generational aspects of teaching painting. My brief was to select a work by a former tutor and one by a former tutee. I met up with one of my chosen artists,Tom Voyce, at the Private View last week and we caught up on news after his win on Sky Arts Lanadscape Artist of the Year. We also discussed our latest collaboration that will result in a show along with other Aberystwyth University MA’s Rachel Luxton and Alysia Webster, from February 2020. Watch this space for updates!
A trip to Snowdonia in February resulted in a series of new work…nothing finished just yet but great to get back to oil paint!
We are well into November now and my colour palette continues to change to reflect those observed in nature. A dark, wet week with very few sunny spells and plenty of time to work in my studio now I have new daylight bulbs fitted. These are much better than ones I have used previously. Of course, I prefer natural daylight but find that I can extend my painting hours – essential when in the flow of working.
I have re-visited grids and small studies, making intuitive adjustments with each layer of paint. There are around ten unfinished pieces awaiting attention but the good news is I have completed others recently and uploaded them to Saatchi Art:
In the weeks leading up to Christmas I shall continue to resolve the unfinished pieces and feel excited about the ongoing grid series, namely the challenge that a grid provides – to work with it, or against it?
Spring is the time for new beginnings. Following a trip to see Blencathra I am thinking about my next project – in fact it is an idea from 7 years ago and since then I have sketched the mountain many times and taken hundreds of photographs. I know why I want to take on this project, but how is a different matter. Seven years of filtering through my brain. What will happen next?