Saturday, 31 March 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

Spring has sprung and April is hotting up, well a liitle bit, so I thought I would give an update on what I have coming up this month.

I am currently finishing off paintings for this years Emsworth Arts Trail and starting to organise how I will exhibit them in my studio. It takes me a week to lift and shift my cupboards and tools to make way for wall space and lighting, but eventually it will become an exhibition space.
Arts Trail 2017 in the sunshine

'Cloud Formations', 2018
'Cloud Formations' is a series of nine paintings recording dramatic skies that form at sunset along the coast of West Sussex and Hampshire. These will be hung along side landscapes inspired by visits to Cornwall and storms that hit the south coast this winter.

'Orchids', 2018
To celebrate the start of Spring I have been focusing on botanical art, painting a selection of flowers on to MDF. Mary Delany has been an influence in the triptych 'Orchids'  that I will be exhibited during this years Arts Trail with other studies planned.

The art of Alonsa Guevara has introduced to me the idea not only of fruit and vegetables, but also a complete change in palette. The idea of painting with bright colours is a very exciting proposition and I am looking forward to exploring new compositions over the next year.

Alonsa Guevara, Fruit Portraits Installation 2014- 2017
But I'm getting ahead of myself..... before I even think of embarking on new work I will be finishing the 30 very wet paintings ready for the Arts Trail launch on the 28th April. Over the next few weeks  I will be posting the finished results on my blog, Facebook and Instagram hopefully with some success.

'Cloud Formations', series of nine paintings, 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

First Day of Spring

With the first day of spring upon us I have been looking back at previous botanical works from last years Arts Trail. 

'Snowdrops', Reduction Linocut

This Reduction Linocut of Snowdrops proved very popular last year and with the trail fast approaching for 2018 I have been painting new botanical subjects.


 'Orchids' has been an observational painting in Oils. Influenced by Mary Delany it has been refreshing to paint architectural flowers on a black background. I am now looking forward to tackling new botanical studies, and with landscape paintings also taking shape ready for the end of April there is plenty to think about.