Here’s today’s painting well underway. I decided to make an oil painting of a detail from the large oil pastel that I recently shared on this blog. I’ve been really missing the sea as I’ve mentioned and it really helps evoke special places like this if I explore them again through my painting. The camber on the stone pavement that forms part of the surface of this iconic structure fascinated me. I can feel it still as I paint it. The sense of unease and exposure was unforgettable. I’ve really been enjoying working in oils again recently. The way the brush fights back is addictive.
Here’s a drawing I made today based on a sketch made ‘plein air’ at Lyme on the Cobb one very blustery day at Christmas, many years ago. I can time-travel through my work ,and feel the place and space where the inspiration came from. I’ll share a detail and sketch next. I’m missing the sea ridiculously just now, and felt the need to revisit the Lyme sketch work. I seem to be closing the Medea chapter and new oceans beckon.
Here’s some of the brushwork from ‘The Circle Is Unbroken’, my current oil painting from the Medea series. I want to keep ther crimson and gestural brushwork. It’s knowing what to retain and what to rework or bring forward. I think about painting a lot of the time. Painting doesn’t just happen when you’re physically making the marks ,but when you’re on a walk or in the shower… It’s always with you until you know instinctivley when to stop.