I completed the work I am exhibiting at The Talented Art Fair over dark Winter months, I'm calling them Floral Abstracts. I paint contemporary landscapes too, although the thought of standing outside while my fingers froze didn’t appeal, so I decided to work on this new collection.
I have spent the best part of 18 years photographing flowers and gardens for magazines so my mind has many, many images burned onto it. And I love them, does it show? You see, I thrive on colour and flowers, it might be cheesy to say this but they bring my soul to life.
These paintings are somewhat abstract, some more than others. Tulips and roses a common theme. Tulips because I love them, to me they mean Spring and all that promise. Roses because they are just so paintable and who doesn’t love roses? But most of all I have enjoyed shutting myself in my studio in the lovely town of Frome and playing with paint. I did it as a child and I still get the same enjoyment today.
Many of these paintings have more than one layer. The first is an underpainting of acrylic this gives an interesting texture. Acrylics dry in an instant so I can then overpaint with oils, which for me are much more forgiving and pliable. I move the paint around with palette knives and rags, occasionally using a brush and see what evolves, what shapes appear on the canvas and then develop the painting around them. In general, my paintings are intuitive rather than planned.
I have enjoyed painting on large canvases too. You need to be brave, a large white canvas is pretty intimidating but the results have been exciting.
Shortly before I came here I moved them all to my home. For a few days, I was surrounded by vivid colour and nature and it felt incredible, uplifting. I hope they lift your spirits on this bitterly cold and icy 'Spring' day.
.Come along to The Talented Art Fair this weekend 3-4th March 2018 to see and even buy part of this collection.
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