I’ve just reached the end of a full week; painting, working, gardening and friends, and now I’m attempting my first blog.
It’s taken me a while to come around to this idea. I love the new way we perceive each other’s lives through photo sharing and the status update. I’m just still trying to work out the exact purpose of this more time-consuming communiqué.
So, news.... I’ve been out painting around Derbyshire – such a beautiful area – with fellow artists, Mark Preston, Colin Halliday and Julian Mason, and am hoping to go out sketching with my close friend Heather Duncan this week. It’s been invaluable, connecting with other painters. I’ve tended towards isolation within the artistic side of my life, as in other areas, and I’ve missed out on the benefits of sharing the highs, lows and other developments... Thanks to the organisational intellect of another artist friend, Gareth Buxton, we get together once a month at the Hollybush Inn in Makeney. I’m not sure quite what happens or what we talk about but I always come away feeling happy and encouraged!
Over the last two years, my work has been developing into more of an emotional response to a captured moment. I don’t want to leave this behind but am hoping that my accuracy with colour and paint evolves alongside it. I went to see a David Tress exhibition up in Manchester this week and found his work exuded exactly that – abstract expressionism but with such an accurate use of colour that his experience of a place, visually and emotionally, was communicated perfectly. And some on such a huge scale – it was fantastic.
His sketch above is of Loch Kishorn, in the Torridon area of North West Scotland, a sublime location... A couple weeks back Matt, the girls and I stayed in a loch-side cottage up there for our yearly wilderness fix. It is a spectacular place. I would love to live there, with the rain and midges. It was the perfect holiday, nestled under the mountains; sipping morning coffee whilst watching the girls beachcomb in pajamas and wellies. We tramped through the landscape, had fresh seafood looking out to Skye, sipped whisky, read books and spotted deer, dolphins and eagles.
Next we’re off to Devon, where I’m hoping to use some of the oils and thirty six small canvases I just ordered. Leaving behind the large scale beasts for now... I’m looking forward to painting the sea again. In May we head off to Alderney, with Heather and family, which will be a celebration of sand, sea, path, food and pub. Can’t wait.