white hydrangea c

It’s a white thing in a white thing in front of a white thing!

I have been painting these single object, still life flowers in between other stuff for a wee while now. It’s a great way to explore and develop simple painting without my usual self imposed constraints of trying to second guess what the viewer might judge as a correct painting. It’s a false idea that plays tricks on the mind that states “Don’t make mistakes!”. But I am learning to override the instinct to be right and getting better at putting into practise what I know, and have always known, that sometimes you have to destroy rightness  and play a more carefree game with texture, edge and randomness. The whole benefits from the small chaotic parts.

I’m basically saying I enjoyed slapping the paint on this one and I am moving in the correct direction for me.

Where Sandy Sits

where sandy sits b

Trying out the new pochade box before venturing outside. I pointed the easel at a corner of the studio and painted what was there. What a difference to painting from photographs and designed compositions! Putting marks down from the eye to hand signal, assessing distance , relative positioning of points. Deep joy!

Bogside, Irvine

Bogside, Irvine 2019

Trying out another couple of demos based on the work of Joan Eardley.

This is Bogside, Irvine, painted for the Tuesday group (I think) (It was last week and I forget!). It is close enough to the colours of Eardley, but a bit too stylised and not rough or wild enough to capture the essence of the work.