Roses with St. John’s Wort, oil on panel 10 x 8 inches
This painting is up for auction until October 3rd, 2019.
Painting in Private, and Following a Thread
I’ve been a bit quiet for a while.
As you probably know, I very often paint live, streaming on facebook and switching camera views, describing what I’m doing as I go.
If you’re interested, you can see all my past streams here.
But for the last couple of weeks, I’ve broken my usual habit and painted in private.
Sometimes you just need to withdraw when you’re working things out.
I’m not sure if it’s obvious from looking at my paintings, but my work is changing a little. At least, it feels to me that it is.
I’m working through some ideas and also through this change, so for the moment, I’m painting quietly, on my own. Just me and my cat 🙂
And it’s been nice. It’s been a little freeing. I’ve felt more able to to try things, make mistakes, and work them out.
So apologies if you’ve missed me popping up on your facebook feed now and again. I will be back soon.
But right now it seems that I’ve picked up a new Thread and I feel I need to follow it for a little while.
Some paintings I’m making now I’m very excited about. They seem to me to be pointing to something, and to have changed up a gear.
But my failure rate is about one in three. A little higher than usual.
I think perhaps that I feel this needs to be worked through without the possible influence of people watching.
Do I paint differently when I have an audience? I’m not sure, but I suspect I might.
So for now, my current experiments with light and texture are being made in private, although the results, of course – when they work out well – are still public.
I hope you like this one. I was very much concentrating on the flow of the light, and creating depth and life with texture.
I’ll talk more about this soon, when I’m more able to put it into words. At the moment, I can only do it with the brush.
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