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Our weather is quite contrary this year.

 

A warm February and now a complete contrast.

 

Snow showers, gales and cold.

 

 

 

 

 

My pictures this week are cheerful and full of colour.
They are going to a group exhibition tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Hand in hand at the edge of the sand’

 

 

 

Oils and cold wax medium 

 

16 x 16 inches on box canvas.

 

In a hand painted wood float frame.


 

 

 

 

 

 

‘This I saw on an April day’

 

 

 

Oils and cold wax medium 

 

12 x 12 inches on box canvas 

 

In a dark grey float frame 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘This I saw in an April field’

 

 

 

Oils and cold wax medium

 

8 x 15 inch panel 

 

In a hand painted wood frame 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Out in a tranquil bay’

 

 

 

Oils and cold wax medium 

 

10 x 12 inch panel 

 

In a hand painted wood frame 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I subscribe to receive emails from The Painter’s Keys.

 

In December 2018 I read an article by Sarah Genn 

 

who’s father Robert wrote a list of points 

 

for making a good painting.

 

 

 

 

 

Two of these are below...

 

 

 

 

 

Gestural Momentum 

 

 

— Never underestimate the power of a few bold strokes. Then, leave your strokes alone.

 

 

Artistic Flair 

 

— Have you added something that is uniquely and bravely yours?

 

(Robert Genn).  

www.painterskeys.com

 

 

These are 2 valuable ‘nuggets’ of advice.

 

The first is something I am trying hard to remember 

 

when I am working.   There is often a temptation 

 

to fuss with a ‘bold stroke’ which can lose impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two details from my pictures show

 

bold strokes which were spontaneous and free.

 

 

 

I was careful to leave them alone.

 

Not easily done, I might say.  

 

 

 

 

 

The second ‘nugget’ to be brave and unique 

 

is my personal journey....

 

I am a painter and I make marks.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are marks I made quickly and intuitively 

 

without much thought...they happened 

 

as I ‘sculpted’ the oil paint with a knife.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

To keep these ‘bravely mine’ I do not have any 

 

reference tools in my workplace.

 

No photos or sketches precede my pictures.

 

 

 

I do not copy anything.

 

The marks evolve as I work.

 

 

 

If I like them, I leave them.

 

Otherwise I scrape the paint back.

 

 

 

Plenty of scraping happens in my studio.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A detail from another painting...

 

 

 

More marks and scratchings.

 

I like the subtle grey shades of blue-greens.

 

 

 

Here is the whole picture.

 

Pure imagination with a watery feeling.

 

 

 



‘Turquoise trails of timeless flow’

 

 

 

Oils and cold wax medium

 

20 x 20 inch box canvas. 

 

 

 

Until next time...

 

Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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