From the Parallel Universe Series, universe x23k4/8.
Watercolour on paper, 400 x 300 mm.
An enjoyable quick little thing, December 14th, 2018.
Oil on canvas, 760 x 500 mm (30 x 20″), October 2018
There is no reason behind the choice of name except for the fact that Paul seemed a perfectly suitable name for a magic seahorse.
I find it isn’t a creative but more a reproductive process that requires precision and concentration. As such, it makes for great relaxation. Once I finish the base pattern construction, I enjoy making my own additions by highlighting hidden patterns, removing some outlines to add a swirling motion or by adding a border.
All in watercolour on paper, between 150 x 150 mm and 250 x 250 mm.
The Western Hemisphere
Oil, turpentine and gravity on canvas, 1000 x 1000 mm
Indigo, Phthalo Turquoise, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White.
The fourth and last of the large hemisphere paintings. Obviously I was running out of steam with this one although I hope that it will grow on me over time. It certainly has a lot of cosmos to explore!
One World Series
Digitally printed lino cutting.
Each is a genuine lino cut, approximately A6 in size. The cut lino is scanned, mirrored, then “lasso” selected in image processing software (I use Gimp). The “lasso” selection preserves the natural randomness without ink-stained fingers. The selection is then filled with a gradient, a canvas texture is applied, cut out and pasted onto a new white canvas of the same size. Voila!
Digital lino prints, and I am well pleased with this invention.
The Eastern Hemisphere
Oil, turpentine and gravity on canvas,
1000 x 1000 mm
Indigo, Alizarian Crimson, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White
This became a lot more violent than envisioned, but somethings life is that way.
The Southern Hemisphere
Oil on canvas, 1000 x 1000 mm
Indigo, Permanent Rose, Titanium White
As everybody knows it is a little wild down under! We love it for its wham! factor and it makes a great companion to its northern counterpart.
The Milky Way
Oil on canvas, 600 x 900 mm
Naxos in Anticipation
Naxos As We Found It
Plakos (What We Saw From Naxos)
Oil on coarse sack cloth, 500 x 200 mm approx.
These were painted before a 2017 trip to Naxos (“… in anticipation”), after our return when the colours of sky and sea were swapped (“… as we found it”), and what we actually saw from Naxos (Plakos, the neighbouring island, and the most beautiful sunsets).
These are quick paintings on coarse sack cloth. Held against a window or a light source, these are almost invisible see-through things which emerge as a painting only when viewed against a wall. I like that effect.
Oil on canvas, 900 x 600 mm
Certainly not a masterpiece, but my best self-portrait so far.
That’s what happens when watching too much of Sky Art’s Portrait Artist of the Year competition on the telly and close-up during production in London’s most excellent Wallace Gallery.