Tuesday, 3 December 2013

I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium. David Hockney

I'm back! After a year back in the UK from overseas I've finally moved into my own place. Can't wait to set up my little studio corner and get back to painting. I have also entered the 21st century with regards to  technology and have invested in an electronic sketchbook. It's amazing! It's a much quicker, easier and less messy medium, you can do it when and where you like without transporting all the artists tools and you can share your work much easier. I was inspired by David Hockney. Above are my first couple of images to test out my new toy! They were done on the Samsung Galaxy Notepad 10.1.....

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Je vois le vie en rose

I don't usually offer an explanation to my paintings because it is difficult to put into words what can be conveyed through art. In my sketches and paintings I prefer to represent a time, place or event by the emotions it generated rather than as an accurate representation. So this is my painting to sum up September and how the month makes me feel. It's inspired by my favourite illustrator Pascal Campion who does wonderful night scenes and city streets and by one of my favourite scenes from a film 'Sabrina' (the 1995 version). It's the feeling of being alone in a city, it's cold nights drawing in, it's rain outside and being cosy inside or layering up clothes, it's the smell of wet leaves, it's a good book and a snug blanket, it's the purple evening sky and it's the harvest and the pending winter.

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged. Helen Keller

It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London. (Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859), British author. "The Pleasures of Opium," Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1822). Recalling the day in 1804 when he first took opium.)

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow