This last month brought 2 new collectors. I can replenish my dwindling supply of paint. It’s a great feeling, it feeds the art. There’s a thrill in the piece on my easel now, an inclination to push the colour and form.
I’m working on a painting of the sea, and this is my first structured pencil study of it. ‘Working’ I say losely, because mostly I’m just thinking about it.
Every artist has a unique process, a way of working which works for them, this is how I do it:
After a time of painting, of tuning into the intention of the image, I inadvertently turn to other things, like writing. I say that loosely because really i don’t write the thing down till it forms its self.
Last time I submitted to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, it was a quiet, dark piece. This week I submitted 2 works of energy. One energetic in the lights, the other energetic in the darks. Both landscapes, both Plein Air – or San Aer, in the Irish language. Submission is on-line, but I still went …
“Breathe in everything.What you breathe nourishes your creativity.Your creativity is the voice of your soul.” So a wise friend told me when I began trying to find my way of going as a painter. I didn’t feel confident about making a complete turnabout in life, but something inside wouldn’t have it any other way.
Andrew Graham Dixon had a wonderful documentary on BBC4 the other evening, about Still Life – Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Paint a Still Life Painting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ny8wk. What with that, and the terrible storms now battering Ireland, this painting I did back in the winter of 2010 came to mind.
I’m not long back from my time spent along the western seaboard of Ireland, going from West Kerry to Westport and Croagh Patrick in Mayo. It was a formative experience, going from the confines of my small room to the great outdoors. I returned with 7 finished panels which are drying away now..