Saturday, 9 September 2017
Autumn Smaller Works
A new series of smaller paintings - these are my autumn smaller works and are postcard sized originals. This is a varied series including figurative works, still lifes and more abstract paintings. I plan to work on this series through the weeks ahead.
Autumn is perhaps my favourite season. There is a different slant and tint to the light during autumn months. The days are shorter, there are richer and yet muted tones in the natural world. This series is not autumn themed, but the colours I am reaching for may be inspired by....
My use of colour has sometimes been described, by myself and others, as 'moody'. I think this is about right, and I think it has a certain autumnal feel to it. Though of course I will paint with my preferred muted tones all year round.
I find inspiration for my interest in muted, low-lit, tertiary colours in the paintings of the past, particularly British and European late nineteenth into and through the twentieth century. Not for a moment am I comparing my work to past 'masters'. And my paintings are not simply responses to the past, though inspired they may be.
Alongside this, I am intrigued by the culture of postcards collected from galleries, seeing art in this smaller version, and I am interested in representing pictures within pictures. Some may suggest these days all painting is about painting - I am wary of such dialogue but I am intrigued by how in ways art of the past 'haunts' the present.
My paintings are very different small creatures. They are very much about finding things in the paint, small responses and moments, they are not grand paintings. I do not work in oils on canvas, lavishly, I prefer working with the chalky feel of gouache, though I also work in acrylics (and oil pastels) from time to time. In some ways my small paintings are quite radically their own thing, and working small in a world of 'going large' does make me feel a bit like a quiet outsider. That is fine with me.
I've spent several days painting so far, working on this 'postcard series' and what I see emerging is quite a lively gathering of pictures. I can see how they may be paired or put into small groups - so there is the opportunity for you, the collector, to make your own small gallery.
This series will take me through the weeks ahead, as we really do move into autumn. I am not going to restrict myself entirely to smaller works - and the dimensions of 14.5cm x 10.5cm. Larger paintings may come about, as and when. Alongside these smaller paintings I am also working on new drawings in pencil and monoprint drawings.
The first selection of smaller works will be available in my shop on Wednesday 20th September, at 2pm. With further selections over the weeks ahead.
I'll be showing further photographs here - and also over at Instagram and Flickr, so that you may preview.