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  1. Being true to myself.

    “There was no one around to look at what I was doing, one interested, 

    no one to say anything about it one way or another. 

    I was alone and singularly free, 

    no one to satisfy but myself”

    Georgia O’Keefe


    This picture has been hanging in my studio 

    for several weeks.  Today I decided to 

    make some significant changes.


    Taking a bold approach I added a lot of dark paint.

    Prussian blue, cobalt blue, manganese blue.

    Some red...permanent rose, alizarin crimson.

    Plus cold wax medium and some titanium white.


    Layering and rollering, the colours blended together.

    Scratching into the layers revealed dry paint beneath.


    ‘Song of the Earth’

    Oils and cold wax medium 

    100 x 100 cm canvas 


    It was a risky business...but I am satisfied.

    No one to please but myself.


    Thank you Georgia O’Keefe


    Until next time...

    Thank you for visiting.





  2. A fresh start...




    After my studio clear-out I have enjoyed 


    stocking up on new canvas and paint.






    I began mark-making on a 2 large 


    canvases using bright colours.


    The painting would go through several stages.




    Here is the first part...


    they are drying on the easel before the next move.









    I will describe the journey of the one on the right.


    Random marks give me a start.




    Many layers will be applied and scraped back


    revealing the colours beneath.


    I call it Creation-Destruction-Creation.






    Turning the canvas around I added more shapes


    and colour taking the painting further.   




    It still needed some work to tease out a


    composition with a sense of purpose.


    At present it is a jumble of colour.








    Below is the finished painting.







    ‘Gathering blackberries up the lane’




    Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.




    I added and subtracted until I reached a


    point where I was happy with the design.


    Being brave and taking risks is part of the process.




    I feel the piece is calmer now


    and although there are three distinct sections,


    the scratchings add some differences.






    The focus is really the central part...


    A mini landscape.




    Imagination plays a large part in my work.


    There are no fixed rules and no photos.






    My landscapes are purely fictional 


    but the title suggests a day in the countryside.






    Jackson Pollock 


    put into words what I aim for...






    When I am in a painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc, because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

    Jackson Pollock


    ‘Ruffled Red’

    Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 


    Until next time...

    Thank you for visiting.