Our changable weather of late has thrown up a good selection of moody skys. Warm temperatures make outdoor painting a lot more pleasant. I still like to sketch fairly quickly in charcoal and pastel to catch the changing light using them as reference for oils worked up in the studio. Selling has never been my main motivation for painting but it is the ultimate compliment for any artistic endevour allowing me to continue without the distraction of any other form of employment. For this I am always grateful to all who continue to purchase and treasure my creations.
It's always a good time to paint.
The Biscuit Factory the premier art gallery in Newcastle have taken in a collection of my large 'Stone Dancer' sculptures. I am very impressed with the curator who has made an epic display of them.
September is the month of my solo exhibition at Allendale Forge Studios so I am continuing to build up a set of works to display in there very impressive space.
New Ceramics page on my web site
I have set up a new web page for my ceramic work.
Pieces include a series of ceramic pots inspired by my seascape paintings, some are embellished with a figure on the lid. Each pot is coil built in layers allowing the form to evolve intuitively in a sculptural process, giving each pot a uniqueness which embraces looseness and freedom of form. The glaze colours are applied to represent the constant movement of the sea; the raw pot is like dry sand with a wet edge against the white shallow water, whilst deeper depths are represented by rich green and turquoise hues. The figures on the lids have their own narratives; finding a stillness above the turmoil of the moving sea.