First of all, thanks everyone for the great response to my last postings! It’s been wonderful to hear from so many people from all different parts of my life. I hope that the hard work that I have put into my pictures make these visits worthwhile.
Today we will look at another theme that I have returned to again and again. For someone who is interested in the three-dimensional aspects of painting, depicting a sculptor’s studio is a natural choice of subject. These three works illustrate some big changes in my art over time. This sample shows a progression from ‘realism’ to a more abstract version of the scene.
This painting (circa 1990) is the first of the three and is painted in a soft and atmospheric manner.
The second painting is quicker and rougher in execution. The colours are a little brighter and the brushstrokes are more prominent.
The third and latest version is made up of flatter sections of colour and stronger marks. The zig-zag lines and black sections make the colours sing.
I like the directness of my newer work and I think that the speed of the marks make a faster connection to the viewer. If you can make that quick connection but still hold the viewer’s eye over time, you have made a successful painting.
It’s been neat to look back over my work and I hope that you can share my enthusiasm. Thanks again for the interest. Until next time,