03.01.2017: Endings and Beginnings

Happy New Year!

Pre-Christmas I was a little busy with commissions  (which I had more of than I anticipated); I am really excited to be able to share them with you now:

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Little Jac, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm

Although portraits are not my thing, I was very pleased to be asked to do this. I thoroughly enjoyed painting Little Jac, and hope to do a couple portraits for myself this year – to practice and develop them.

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Constitution Hill at Night, acrylic on canvas, 30cm diameter

Based on a previous little painting I did, this little seascape was a complete contrast to the earlier portrait. I tried to work looser with brushmarks here to create a slight broken effect. I am very conscious that I overwork things, so wanted to hold back a little here.

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Kiwi, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm

A little kitten to which I had very little reference material. I loved the markings on this little guy and tried to replicate it’s sweetness from the photograph.

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Four Little Birds, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 41cm

Four Little Birds, for my mother. I always jokingly say she bought these budgies as a mid life crisis episode in order to replace her four children. Now only the little Blue remains. I wanted to capture the memory of the birds in a quiet format.

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The Flying Scotsman, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50cm

Probably, by far, my favourite commission piece I have ever done. It’s unlike anything I have done either. I love steam trains,  watching them go past and listening to their energy roar.

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HRH Dixie and Ruffian, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm

This is a sneaky preview of this one because it’s for a gift for a birthday coming up this month. It’s fairly well hidden on this site! I am very pleased with how this one turned out,  I had so many wonderful photographs to work from and a real insight into the personalities of the cats.

I have been so lucky this Christmas to be given diversity to work from within my paintings, and to try new things! It’s such a brilliant idea to gift someone a painting of something they care about.

Commissions aside – it’s time to get down to the real work I need to focus on. I have a strange relationship with my paintings, in that, I see them like cut flowers. As though they only have a small life span to be worked within. (I was always told I had no sense of urgency but there is definitely an urgency within my work now). When I was told to take a break from painting over christmas, I worried for the ‘life’ of the painting I was working on.

It survived.

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Untitled #12, acrylic on canvas, 90cm diameter

Untitled #12 has been a struggle from its offset. I had a faint idea of looking at turquoises and pinks within this piece, but I kept getting lost and confused. Everytime I would work on it, I would be listening to Adele’s albums (I don’t know if this had any impact on the piece), but I felt her melodies sort of pull me into aspects of the painting as I was working on it. Even on completion I still feel as though it’s not quite worked itself out, but I came to a resolution with it.

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#12 detail

For me, it’s more about my say of when a painting is finished, to when the painting actually might be. I nearly stopped working on this a few days ago, but I felt as though it needed more time.

A thought that is muddled is a thought nonetheless.

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#12 detail

I’m anxious to see this piece next to its former of a similar style, #8. I can tell from photographs that #12 is a brighter palette and a little more simplistic in terms of brushmarks.  Other than that, I need to see them side by side to say anymore.

Two more canvases will be arriving over the next week to get stuck into! This year is going to be exciting!

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#12 detail (my favourite part)

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