Friday, 27 April 2012

THE GREENNESS OF GREEN 40x60cm Oil on Linen

I just love the colours in this and it was the green that kept me going.
In the Bhagavad Gita I had read '...I am the sapidity in water,...the light in the moon and the sun...... I am the agreeable odour in the earth and the brilliance in the fire,...the vitality in all beings....    And of the energetic I am the energy devoid of passion and attachment..'
Since this photo I've made a couple of adjustments and it's been put in the back room to dry and on to the next!

Friday, 16 March 2012


I have gone further than this but don't have my camera at the moment. This is the juggling stage, which parts to paint whilst waiting for other parts to dry. I tried an old tube of black which I'd inherited from my mother but it was very sticky and unworkable and it didn't have a label and the tube looked like it was made from lead!
I've made a start on the yellow bowl and am finding it hard to see what the colours are so these are the under shadows. It's such a big shape I don't want it to over dominate. 
I'm working on the glaze of the blue pot and it's all trial and error. I'm still excited by it and still love the colours.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012


STAGES 1-5  
I think I would add more to this blogsite if I could figure out why sometimes I can move the images and other times not. So this is the best arrangement of the paintings at the mo..
I love the colours and that's what keeps me at it even though quite early on I thought 'OMG what a lot of work, will it get finished?'
As usual I have started out thinning the paint with turps but today when I worked on the blue pot I made up a medium of pure balsam turps and linseed oil and it was such a pleasure applying the paint on the canvas. I've had a problem finding the right red for the bright pink, the nearest was my favourite, Permenant Alizarin Crimson so i've ordered a Quinocridone Magenta and have high hopes that it will produce the pink I'm looking for. I'm not using Ultramarine for my blues, I'm using Winsor Blue Green shade and/or Winsor Blue Red Shade (I actually can't tell the difference I will 
have to look again!) and I'm making my blacks with blues and Burnt Umber.
I usually use Vandyke Brown which makes a blacker black but I'm seeing how it goes.There was a moment today when I felt I really connected but it's amazing what memories pop in the mind to interfere with the process. At one time I got really hot and bothered with resentful memories from the past but I felt that by focussing on the painting I diluted their strength so hopefully they've been re-filed carrying less emotive force. I was thinking of my old pal Biddy today too and felt a desire to reconnect with my Chichester friends. 
So it's not just about painting.  
There have been some inspirational programmes on tele about Hockney and Lucien Freud. My friend/student Eloner, reckons Freud was autistic and actually that would explain his extraordinary energy and ability to focus for such long periods. Hockney's ability to make such wonderful paintings from scenes I would would have difficulty with just illustrates how important looking is. As he said 'There are paintings everywhere'.