Updated: Aug 2020
I've recently finished an oil on canvas called 'The Minnow Catcher' which is by far the biggest I have ever attempted at 5 x 4.5 foot. This painting wouldn't have existed without 'lockdown', as it allowed me the time, space and freedom from outside influence to dive into something different from the straight 'realism' I've been working on in recent years. Painting on this scale while standing up (I'm pretty tall at 6 foot 4) was very liberating. The initial stages were lightning quick, quite abstract and I got the feeling it was painting itself. Later I thought long and hard about where to take the painting and am overjoyed with it. It made me want to throw away all my previous works and now only work big, but was advised that throwing things away was a dumb idea! Anyway, here's some illustrations of it. As I said, it's very big so Im currently wondering where to home it. Any offers?
here's a couple of studio paintings. The first Dead Roses was painted on an old cabinet door which has been kicking around the house and garden for a few years. I've had my eye on it to paint on for some time and would like to do more like this if the right bits of old wood can be found. The roses, picked from a late flush from one of my gardening clients, were both growing and decaying simultaneously, and offered a wonderful smell conveying both. The second, the portrait of Duarte from the Blue Moon, Cambridge, is over 1.5m long (and is meant to be very dark on the right side!)