In my effort to build up a few more flower paintings I decided to have a go at the gladioli I planted in one of my flower borders . There may be a bit too much red, but I was trying to get a hot border with lots of reds and oranges so this looks like a military parade.
From one of the sketches in my previous post I developed this image of the low lying land behind the town where I live. I wanted to capture the spirit of the place with its expanse of lonely flatness and some of the flora which breaks back into this reclaimed land. I opted for a little more colour in the background washes in this piece and wonder whether I have overdone it a bit, but I need to move on as exhibitions loom and other paintings need to get painted. So I’ll leave this alone for a while and see what I feel about it in a week or two.
Well, the opening of the Artists and Illustrators 2017 exhibition last night in London, just off Trafalgar Square. No coconut I’m afraid, but it was a good experience. Thanks to those who casted a vote for me.
I did notice my painting was the cheapest there and by quite a margin. Maybe everyone costed in their trainfare. But I am taking the opportunity to look up old friends and relations, so it has been and will be a good trip.
You also get a better feel for what it is that they are looking for. So maybe next year. In the meantime I’m looking at a solo exhibition in April. I’ll need to get back home and do some painting.
Ever taken on a project that has turned into long running saga? Here’s mine – after months of work. I wanted a large piece for a stairwell on a sea theme. I was intrigued by the structure of waves in water where, within each wave, there are other levels and wavelets – the notion of fractals and ever repeating patterns and forms.
As I built the piece I was taken by the anthropomorphic array of the blocks, reminding me of serried ranks of Chinese warriors or in this case the throngs who try to cross seas in search of some form of a normal life. The colours perhaps reflect the failure and success of these individuals.
The wooden blocks were made from a couple of gates that I replaced. My neighbour didn’t want any more of the wood for their stove as the paint on the wood generated a lot of ash, so I took to cutting it down into strips to make the piece. It had an extra kind of resonance that the work is made from a gate.
After all this time, and having been able to mount it on a wall, I think it could be modified further, for better impact, so I fear it could be a few more months of work yet.