Category Archives: Painting

Current commissions off to Cambridge homes

I’m delighted that these lovely things have now gone to a new home, and am excited to start work on my next commission, the canvas for which arrived this morning! These paintings have been developed with a particular place in mind, responding to both the feel of the space and the existing colour scheme.

What’s up with #COSart2020

An update on what’s been on display so far for #cambridgeopenwindows

Preview weekend: New work on paper, canvas and board

Week 1: Painting and lino prints inspired by the local landscape

Week 2: Keeping it simple with one statement painting – big, beautiful and blue

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Wear paint

I’d been working on something different for this year’s Cambridge Open Studios at Burwash Manor to show alongside my main work – paintings that you can take with you everywhere you go.

It’s one of the things I’m most gutted about not being able to get ‘out there’ in person this July as they’ve been a while in development and I’m really pleased with the results. These delicate but quite robust little necklaces are made with my signature material, emulsion paint, trapped inside glass globes.

The process of making them (researching and testing what would work well, controlling materials while embracing their nature and some chaos with it, repetition…) learning some new techniques, and loving the outcome has been hugely enjoyable.

I hope that I’ll still find ways to share them and that they prove popular enough for me to make more!

Colour tests

Sometimes you just have to play. I’ve been testing colour combinations in preparation for a large scale commission which I’m really looking forward to working on. I love the mark making and energy in the resulting sketch.

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Minimalist and expressionist

When describing my practice I often say my work is in the modernist tradition and particularly influenced by abstract expressionism as well as artists that reference minimalism. Some of the approaches I’m experimenting with at the moment are allowing me to show these two influences in a playful, tactile way.

Farrow and ball ‘Pelt’ emulsion paint on torn paper

Sizes range from 25cm x 18cm to 36cm x 26cm

Testing time

I’m testing some new approaches. Smaller scales and working directly onto paper or fabrics without stretchers to encourage me to experiment more and not worry so much about ‘failures’.

I loved tearing some fantastic paper to size before starting to test a dripping technique I’ve been meaning to try for AGES that will provide a more continuous line. I’m really pleased with the results so far and look forward to doing much more of this.

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Testing new paint

I’m enjoying testing out some new colour-ways and textures having picked up a new colour from Providence paint at their shop at Burwash Manor. It was tricky to come away with just the one!

Variations on a theme

Further developments on the theme of ‘impressions of the ouse’. This series of work has evolved from direct observations, including sketches, photographs and immersing myself in the moment while out on walks. The preparatory work has enabled me to then experiment with form, colour, and materials to produce abstract pieces which, I hope, convey something of the original experience of taking in the landscape.

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50 x 50 cm

Emulsion paint on canvas

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40 x 40 cm

Emulsion paint, watercolour, pencil and charcoal on canvas

Impressions of the ouse

Some of my work is more purely abstract, whereas some pieces are developed more directly from observations and impressions. This pair of paintings – worked on together and designed to be shown individually or together – are an example of the latter. Ongoing work is similarly influenced by the local landscape which is a rich source of inspiration, colour and form.IMG_1457 crop

Pint sized paintings

Now that the sale is over here are some images of the postcard sized paintings that went to the John Hughes Arts Festival event. I enjoy the challenge of working to a brief, which can encourage me towards new directions for my work. In this case it was liberating working to a sketch book scale but outside of a sketchbook format and allowed me to test out a format and palette for a pair of paintings I’ve been mulling over for some time but hadn’t yet started (which are now being worked on). The small format also allows me to easily play with displaying them in different configurations relative to one another. IMG_1432IMG_1434IMG_1437IMG_1439