Standing back after an intense session of painting and trying to work out where it’s going I can sometimes see parts of the chaos in my mind. Usually on a day where I finally tackle my fears, the what, why, when, how, but, all shower down in a deafening noise. Then I stop and I can begin to make sense of something.. sometimes.
This work in progress is perhaps another of those..
I am currently working on this painting and this was an early stage where it was a few months ago. I felt at the time that it could be finished at that early stage and I didn’t want to do much more with it. I put it aside for a few weeks, which is what I do when I am not sure about a work in progress.
In the above image is where it had come to in the beginning stages. In the first layer I used sand with PVA, which I haven’t used sense my previous trees series. I used the sand to start the beginnings of the composition and then when the PVA mixed with the sand dried I painted the next layer which was oils and colour with oil sticks to mark make. I painted loosely where the painting seemed to want to go toward. I left it for a few weeks and felt it needed to warmer and brighter. So far this is its progress.. it may be concluded but I’ll give it time to rest.
Having my son Aaron home from Berlin the past week, I was excited to show him my new work in my studio. He made some interesting observations and one that worked for this particular painting titled Killing Pink. So I revisited it once more with some extra blue and now I think it feels more balanced and I can definitely call it finished again..till next time.. I love having people view my work in the studio, I always come away with fresh ideas and great inspiration. I love the solitude of being alone making art in my studio but sometimes it’s really beneficial to have someone drop by..
I am so happy and very excited to finally have a solo exhibition early next year 2017. I have been working very hard on my current series the past 2 years after a long time where painting every day and sometimes with gaps of months had not been possible for me due to personal life commitments. These past 2 years I have been so lucky to be able to paint full time and explore many possibilities within my art form. With my new studio I finally got up and running here in Co. Wicklow in such inspirational surroundings, I have come back to my true passion and love for painting and nature. Details on my exhibition will be announced very soon. If you would like to find out, come back here in a couple of weeks or follow me on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Here is one of my paintings that will be included in the show early 2017. Click on the image title below to read a short recent press publication about the work. To see more click here.