I have begun to publish a picture image each week on Facebook.
This is the one for this week:
This picture is painted on unprepared canvas. I used mainly Golden paints.
It was developed over several months as I made decisions about the colours I wanted to use. At first, the picture was pale but over time I developed greater intensity in the colour. I also worked on creating texture using thick paint in some areas of the picture.
I thought a lot about the title - which didn't emerge till the work was finished.
I thought that the idea of global voyaging seemed to fit with a lot of conversations people are having at the moment, often about our carbon foot prints and the way we impact on the earth through our travelling.
It also reflects on travelling over oceans... which is exciting and sometimes perilous!
A Painting a Week: 2
Bowl of Light (acrylic on prepared canvas)
I painted this picture about five years ago when I was investing a great deal of interest in developing 'abstract' compositions. The picture evolved over a number of weeks. In that time I considered the composition in terms of colour, shape and balance.
The original inspiration for it came from a visit to Wales. A friend and I had driven to the top of a valley near Llangollen on a wet afternoon. As we turned to dip down into the valley the sun broke through and literally changed everything. The valley danced with light, and to add to the beauty of the event song birds began to sing. It was a magical moment. Moments such as that lodge in my memory and influence my mood and my ideas.