The worst thing a painter can do is flowers … part 2

Challenging my own prejudices … Tuesday morning I had the great pleasure to participate in the launch of Chloe Briggs’ new Patreon site (more info here). Our task was to draw/paint a big flower of our choice. The session was divided into shorter timed sections, where we were asked to look for different qualities in…

Studio update

On my way abroad, hoping to finish my spring series before I go … 13 paintings almost there! What I’ve noticed is (just as with writing) I work best when having a deadline ahead. It somehow sharpens my decision making. My deadline for the spring series is tomorrow… The day set because I’m leaving for…

The studio

Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month – I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from…

Hiroyuki Hamada

I love colour — – all the same, it happens I find the world even more beautiful in black & white … … Hiroyuki Hamada (b. 1968, Tokyo) Hamada lives and works in East Hampton, New York.

Unlikely places –

Although mapping is a method of gathering, ordering and recording knowledge, all maps are to some extent the products of imagination. No map is ever the truly objective description of a place that it purports to be.  Maps are designed as aids or guides for those undertaking journeys.  There is an inherent narrative aspect to…

A Painter’s Path

Nothing to do with anything, all to do with everything — And while you’re here, and if it is still weekend, why don’t you have some cake … ? “The Cake painting sits on the wall. Each viewing provides new pleasures. The waistline does not change.” –Gary Komarin Komarin’s Cakes are an unexpected marriage between…

Dancing tulips

Samuel John Peploe ( 1871 – 1935) was a Scottish Post-Impressionist painter,  noted for his still life works and for being one of the group of four painters that became known as the Scottish Colourists.  Notice the tempo in this painting. It is as if the tulips are dancing. It is quite rare to find so…