“Over the Fence”, acrylic on 300.gsm. paper, 50cm. x 70cm. A break from Abstraction with a return to Landscape. Many “en plein air’ studies eventually led to this painting. It is a subject that I have been returning to unsuccessfully until now. I had always looked at the wider picture, when all along my only intent was to express the sensation of entangled undergrowth. What lies beyond remains a mystery.
“Primitive Landscape, 3”. Acrylic on 300gsm. paper, 50cm. x 70cm.
After a few days spent away from the studio followed by hours of procrastinion, I finally decided to quit thinking and get back to work. It was a good decision. Familiar symbols appeared during the painting process, some were left to contribute to the final image, whilst others were subtracted. It is difficult to hold back; to allow the painting take its own course and not overthink or overwork it.
“Derelict” oil on canvas 39cm. x 52cm.
We walk though old farm yards. Past roofless stone cottages. The ruins of the old mill at the waters edge. How busy it must have been in this place once upon a time. We cross the river over the footbridge. Just we two.
“Reacting to Affect”, mixed media on 300gsm. paper 50cm. x 70cm. Like a lot of my paintings, this is another unplanned work. Using line, form and colour to realise ‘something‘ that comes before thought or emotion.