The first painting in this collection, painted when we fisrt ventured back to the beach. A sketch-like let to be fully realised experience, full of eager anticipation and hope.
A painting doesn’t reveal itself all at once (to the painter or the viewer) but reflects, bit by bit, unfolding recognition. The paint is applied as a feeling, the feeling becomes a thought, and thought takes me to the place and back to the painting.
The greatest joy for me is to put paint on the canvas; that first initial brushstroke, full of excitement and optimism. My second greatest joy is have somebody look at the painting and say “I know that place, I recognise that feeling, I know where you were, in your heart when you painted this. I know where you were and what you were feeling right there, right then, and I like it.”
That’s the essence of painting for me; the communication between the viewer and the artist, and that’s a rare moment. And that is something to celebrate.
My paintings are made up of many successive, almost transparent, but highly pigmented layers of paint, with a final layer of thinly applied, almost dry opaque paint, which has the effect of partially revealing under-layers.
Signed on the front, signed and dated on the reverse.
Acrylic on canvas 50 x 60 cm.
Framing is included in price.