A little late finishing this painting as it was started way back in the spring. The sky was fascinating, constantly shifting vertical shafts of light would fall, highlighting the sea, windy and hazy and bright all at the same time. Just the sort of weather I like
Conjunction. Oil on canvas 95×110 cm. £1800. I observed the conjunction of Jupiter Venus and Mercury from Chapel Carn Brea in 2012. Jupiter Venus and Mercury appear as tiny dots in the sky, as accurately as I could place them, although Mercury is quite a challenge to spot
Another painting finished today. As always exploring the landscape and weather. This one is part of a series I am working on about stone circles and standing stones. This is the first one finished.
Holed Stone and Mist Kenidjack. Oil on canvas. 60×60 cm £1100
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We have been having such a lot of mist this summer and I know there are many people out there who do not like it. For me cycling through this weather is wonderful especially first thing just after dawn. It’s like the world gives you another way of appreciating the landscape….different lighting and hidden views suddenly revealed….It’s kind of mysterious and enigmatic. Well here is a new painting among many underway about this wonderful changeable sublime weather we have here in Cornwall.
Mist above Portheras Cove. Oil on canvas 80×80 cm. £1500
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Cycling past hedgerow’s near St Just…..and on my way to Tregeseal stone circle…….
I quick post this morning….another early morning bike ride in the mist……This is an image looking towards Tregeseal stone circle as I approach it on my bike. Thee as well as some new sketches will form the start of a new Tregeseal painting…..
Later this morning I’ll be heading up to Boswens standing stone……as long as the mist holds….
The beginnings of a new series of paintings, this post follows on from the Tregeseal stone circle drawings post from a few days ago. Three paintings just finished yesterday and a few more drawings….. not sure about a titles yet…..probably like the others finished yesterday the title will be something along the lines of Field of Campions. Oil on canvas 70×70 cm £1100.
They came about through frequent short cycle trips up to Tregeseal stone circle, and part of a new series of paintings that will eventually include several paintings about the stone circle above Tregeseal. As always during these cycle trips I carry my sketchbooks and camera to capture something of the experience. I do not copy from the images I take with my camera….I use it to document the activity and the images will often get stitched together and turned into a short film. and this will happen as the collection of images continues.
Gathering all these strands together is a complicated process, always I hope that the process feeds through and can be at least hinted at in the final finished painting. Although it presents itself as one thing…..a final image it is much more and encompasses all the activities that occur during the process of creating am artwork. But not all of that process is obvious so for those interested in how these paintings come about I decided to keep a blog, although I tend to think of this more as a creative diary.
These three new paintings have been through the usual long process but gradually over the past couple of months as I began to think more and more about painting some of the standing stones and stone circles and cycling out to visit either Tregeseal or Boscarwen Un stone circle, these three paintings began to take on something of those experiences.
I am intending to do several paintings at Tregeseal stone circle that will reflect the different moods and weathers that come in throughout the year…… from fog and mist, rain and hail, storms and bright summer sky’s and with a bit of look snow…..
New painting. This came about through an artist in residence on Tresco Isles of Scilly. Each year I have the possibility to take part in Gallery Tresco’s artist in residence program. It usually only lasts for one week, and mostly the work I do during the residency continues to form a body of work that is exhibited at Gallery Tresco the following year.
Although the residency is located on Tresco usually I will have one or two visits to Bryher which is an outrageous place to experience the winter storms and Hell Bay is aptly named. The storms here are frightening.