I've just finished a painting inspired by a long walk I did with a friend near Boarshead, in the High Weald border between Kent and East Sussex. Another friend pointed out to me that the painting is off-balance in that there is no blue in it. I was thinking that that wasn't a problem necessarily. I really find myself drawn to that bit of the spectrum these days. And what about Picasso's blue period? The composition is a bit problematic too, but I like things to be off-centre and maybe a bit perplexing to the eye; it can start a few interesting conversations, I believe.
I've just added two new paintings to the website. Actually the one of Bowlees, a beautiful waterfall and glade near High Force in Teesdale, County Durham, is nearly two years old. I was not pleased with the painting at first but see it now with renewed eye and feel much more positive about it. The sunset painting was completed this morning and I've really enjoyed letting go with the reds and golds for this one!
Autumn has well and truly arrived now, and a strange hectic storm agitates the oaks outside my window as I write this. I've just added two new paintings - one from a scene I saw this summer on Portland Bill in Dorset. I have reimagined the light pretty liberally. The other, finished this morning, is of twinned trees I saw near Cowden in Kent. I love the slightly surreal effect they create, echoing each other in a paradox of lightness and darkness.
Hi, I've been painting for quite a few years now, and I am increasingly finding myself drawn to the art of the past. I am astonished at the virtuosity of painters like Rembrandt. One I found myself unexpectedly drawn to recently is Johann Cristian Reinhart. There is something meditative about his beautifully-observed and atmospheric landscapes.
Today is the first time in quite a while that I've added a new painting to the site. It has taken me almost 2 years to finish this one, a view from the North Downs above Peene, near Folkestone. On the horizon, near the far left hand side of the painting, is where the Channel Tunnel emerges (or submerges I suppose!). I have to admit that this feature of the landscape has been omitted.