I hope you are well and keeping warm if you’re in the northern hemisphere.
As I write to you, I sit near my source of heat, the wood burning fire. It’s cold outside… and the paintings I’ve just completed are ones I started in another era, only weeks ago but when it was warm and sunny.
The painting London in June (II), (above) was from my sketch made in London in June this year, and like the day I sketched my first painting of that title, it was cold and grey with some light rain falling. It was like a repeat of the same day. This view of this painting extends to include the beach of the South Bank of the Thames just under the OXO building, and when I sketched, a pigeon kindly modelled for me in the foreground. It’s acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40cm, priced €250.
The second painting which is newly completed was from my sketch of a familiar path in the woods near my home. It leads to the place where our water, fresh from the mount of Foia, comes gushing into a concrete junction from which it travels along pipes to the houses of the inhabitants of Chilrao. Its filter frequently becomes blocked up with vegetable matter, so I’m frequently up there unblocking it.
On the day I made the sketch the path was almost glittering with sunlight through the leaves of the cork trees either side of the path. It was a challenge how to execute this with paint though. My strategy of using dots to convey shifting light combined with plant forms was the solution for this, as you will see. It’s oil on canvas, 70 x 52cm, priced €680. I hope you enjoy them both.
You can also see these on the main paintings page:
And below, a couple of quotes which give me encouragement…
“I have a flood of ideas in my mind. I just follow my vision.” – Yayoi Kusama
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo
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Until then, stay well and keep warm.