Oil 16x40" 2009 commission.
Thanks for visiting. This year marks 25 years since I graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design. Most of that time I have been happily shut away in the studio trying to improve my skills. It is a slow process, I have made hundreds of pictures, many of which remain unseen and unsold. Yet it is just possible with the modern technology and exposure to make a living from painting.
My latest works are made with experience and knowledge but there is still much that is beyond my control, chance plays a large part, and I like it that way, some paintings hit a sweet spot by accident. I think that has much to do with the complex nature of paint itself. I always try to use as much of the texture and 'splash' of it as I can, it parallels the way landscape is created. The goal is to finish a painting with a big brush on the first pass but in practise this never happens.
Well that is one approach. The reality is less dramatic, more a kitchen than a theatre. I usually explain my method as being like a recipe with a careful sequence of stages and waiting times. Ingredients are prepared, brushes sharpened, complimentary flavours balanced, underpainting glazed, residue scraped. You get the idea.
bye for now
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