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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

IX 2019 Commission

I am delighted to have received an IX 2019 commission for a large painting to be shown at Goggleworks in Reading PA in October. This is a chance to really go for it in terms of expressing something personal with gusto and putting my work in front of a wider audience within IX and beyond. Patrick and Jeannie Wiltshire are gradually amassing a collection of large commissioned pieces that will be exhibited (I think they have already started) around the USA and beyond to promote Imaginative Realism to the wider public and art collectors who may not be aware of this kind of art. 
I felt that I needed to up my game a bit in terms of how I paint before undertaking the commission to which end I have produced eighteen paintings over the last tree months since IX 2018 trying things out, kind of tweaking the way I do things. Some have worked, some haven't, such is the way when experimenting but I have learned some new approaches and technical ways of doing things too like I have discovered some great brushes for painting clouds and changed the way I do the underpainting for instance.
I have now stacked them all up together in my studio in chronological order bottom to top and I am going to absorb what I've learned from them and start thinking about what I'm going to do for the commission itself.


Sunday, 20 January 2019

Taking Stock

Not counting the demise of "Pulborough", I have painted eighteen small pictures trying things out with varying degrees of success over the last three months. I am only seeking to tweak the way I do things and haven't been trying things in a scattershot manner producing wildly differing paintings that have no relevance to what I'm looking for...maybe I should have...
I have arranged them in my studio chronologically from left to right, bottom to top and will consider  what I've learned and what I'm going to do with what I've learned in the next few days. Initial thoughts are that I like the overall effect of the blue/green tree painting "Elies Dendro", something quite different about it, wether it's worth developing ...we'll have a think on it.

Pulborough No More

Oh dear, sometimes a painting just doesn't have a happy momentum to it and every so often I abandon one because I just feel it can't be rescued. This is one of them, whatever colours I seemed to try I just simply hated it and coupled with the ordinary subject matter I just lost my temper and put my fist through it...which considering it's supposed to be linen went through surprisingly easily...maybe it was the sheer frustrated force of my fist that did for it.
I feel better now.
It's now time to take stock of what I've been trying out these past three months which is the subject of my next post...or the one after that.
16" x 12" Oil on linen with hole in it.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Pulborough - stage 2

First Version
I painted in the sky yesterday in green/blues and oranges and didn't like it so I rubbed it off and left it until today to look at it with fresh eyes and decide what colours to use. I chose a blue/violet sky with yellow/white clouds and tried to emphasise the diagonals which were getting lost in the first version. I'm thinking of going for reds/violets mixed into the browns and greens to try and keep the palette fairly limited based around violets...

Current Version

Full Moon Over Cuckmere Haven

Finally dry after three days I have been able to scan it and post up the finished painting. I have returned to a favourite landscape, the iconic Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex on the South Coast of the UK. Based on a blue/orange colour complementary there is a single tiny spot of orange light where the Coastguard Cottages are at the mouth of the river although orange was used throughout the painting to moderate the colour and saturation of the blues. The light of the unseen moon is reflected in the nearest curve of the river meander. I painted all the colour in two sessions over one day as a way of preventing myself overworking and putting too much detail into the picture, a trait I'm trying to subdue!
When I've finished "Pulborough", the painting I'm struggling with at the moment, I will call a halt to these small paintings and get going on a large commission. If I have the time I might post up an overview of all what I've learned from this series...
Oil on linen 16" x 12".

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Pulborough - stage 1

Still waiting for "Full Moon Over Cuckmere Haven" to dry before I can scan and post it so I am getting on with the next one, "Pulborough". It's time to come into the daylight now after these recent nocturnes although it will be a moody daylight...This is probably the last of this series of small paintings trying things out and feel I need to do a daylight painting bearing in mind what I've learnt and to make sure I keep to the mantras (see previous posts about them!).
The location is a house near the village of Pulborough in West Sussex.
This the first stage of the tonal underpainting, I will put in the sky and go over the rest with another layer of the Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin mix tomorrow morning and then hope to paint the whole picture on Friday.
Oil on linen 16" x 12".

Monday, 14 January 2019

Full Moon Over Cuckmere Haven - stage 1

I am returning to a favourite landscape as possibly the last in this series as I try and consolidate what I've learned (if I have the time I might do a post about the whole series and what I've learned from them). The location is the iconic Cuckmere Haven on the South Coast of the UK about three quarters of an hour away from where I live. There will be a single light on at The Coastguard's Cottage and everything else will be moonlit sky and landscape, the moon unseen just out the top of the picture although you do see it reflected in the nearest curve of the river. With a bit of luck I hope to have the whole thing painted in one day, tomorrow.
This stage was "drawn" up first with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Manganese Violet thinned with Liquin which I allowed to semi-dry over a few hours and then later this afternoon I finished off the sky and the rest of the tonal underpainting with a rag using the same paint mix.