Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunset over Kennack


Sunset over Kennack
Watercolour
60 cm x 42 cm or 23.5 inches x 16.5 inches

Recently I have been trying to loosen up, in a watercolour kind of way.  Trying to breath in the place, absorb the elements, feel the cold, small the air.  Trying hard not to cross all the t's and dot all the i's before I begin.  I want some accidents to happen.  Facing each large blank piece of paper I have my heart in my mouth, full of nervous trepidation I start to fling paint at the surface.  For ages it seems as if the painting is just a pale shadow of what I am trying to do.  Keep the faith, keep on. I have to tell myself over and over again.  Often it is not until the last moment that a splash of colour or a final wash of something makes it work.
Here is one such painting, doing it felt like a headlong leap off the cliffs, wind and salt surf in the air rushing past and finally, at the last moment before I was smashed up on the rocks, it happened, I sprouted wings and flew over the sea and woosh...made this painting...which I like very much!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winter Walk


Winter Walk
Watercolour
75 cm x 53 cm or 30 inches x 21 inches
Another collaboration of sketches "on site" and remembered shapes and feelings.  This one is a walk I take often.  This day is a quiet, grey winters day, the distant trees are spectoral, hidden in pockets of mist, nearer they become skeletal against the grey sky.  There is no dramatic lighting just a subtle collection of colours, a damp dripping day but one filled with understated architecture, branches reach skyward making cathedrals in the woods, moss and ferns are soft cushions in the gloom.
Again I have played with the idea of including some of the sketches with the final painting.
I like this idea very much, it is like a providence, notes in the margins.  However I do think a click on the image is nescessary to see the detail.
 

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Bigger View


A Bigger View
Watercolour
75 cm x 53 cm or  30 inches x 21 cm

I have spent some time developing the little tiny paintings that I did the other day and here you see the result.  If you click on the image you will see a much larger version and you may be able to make out the shapes of the distant satellite dishes of Goonhilly on the horizon.
I also have a plan for framing them with the original "on site" paintings, and they would look like this.  I would LOVE to know what you think.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Last Journey


The Last Journey
5 small watercolours
7cm hight x 23.5 wide (thats the longest one) or 2.75 inches x 9.25 inches.

I was making the last journey into town, to get the things that I dont really need but thought would be nice for Christmas day.  Driving accross the high road, where you can see forever, when I was stopped in my tracks, literally.  I pulled off the road and watched as the sky darkened, full of rain and the sun painted strips of gold onto a dark winter landscape.  Every field and hedge was sharpened in readyness for the coming storm, a moment of complete calm and clarity.  Then as the rain swept towards me a totally circular rainbow appeared.  The colours were childish in their brightness, it was so beautiful.  I couldnt paint that, I dont think anyone could have done it justice, but I tried to catch the landscape in the moments before the storm.
I never got to town, I think we can live without oranges for now.
To see these little paintings in much more detail click on the picture.  They are of a high resolution so if you would like to print one, or all of them please do so, use a good quality card and they should come out quite well. And, of course, have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice


I love this day, the winter solstice.
I have finished all my work and today I shall deck my halls (?) with green from the woods, burn special incence and resins (just did some and nearly set myself on fire, what a way to go, coated in burning Myrrh wearing a red dressing gown on the winter solstice!) I shall make some special presents for people, big Dave is cooking things ready for the feasting on Christmas day and tonight I am off out to dance the year out.
If you have enjoyed looking at my work throughout the year then I am happy, if you have said kind things then I thank you and I hope that you have the very best New Year.
If you would like to use this image as a card then please do, it should print out quite well, click on the image to get a bigger version.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Framed


I have framed up some of the tiny nocturnes.  Little wide wooden frames with many layers of gesso, they look fine I think.

This last one has some found treasure, sticks and stones, from the place where the drawing was made.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Walking in Winter 6


Watercolour and Pencil
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches

The land ahead is etched with ruts and puddles.  A telegraph pole draws hieroglyphics on the sky.  I am heading home now, thinking of a cup of tea.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Walking in Winter 5


Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2,75 inches

The hedge oaks are stark against the sky, hoops of bramble and spears of blackthorn clamour for the right to stand out.  A tangled scribble of undergrowth.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Walking in Winter 4


Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches

Up the hill and out into the open.  To my left a line of cedars stand sentry.  Timeless guards watching over an ancient site, I like to imagine the folk who lived here so many years ago.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Walking in Winter 3


Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches.

So I gather up my things and move on, past some wood piles, bright yellow cut ends of branches lying hard against soft green moss.  Footprints in the mud speak of work but the place is deserted.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Walking in Winter 2


Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches
A bird calls, it's sad cry winging towards me across the water.  The light seems to change, dipping clouds leaving a strange line on the horizon.  The air is cold and damp, like the fallen leaves, lying sodden and heavy on the landscape.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Walking in Winter


Watercolour
7 cm x 7cm or 2075 inches x 2.75 inches
The next six days are a little series of paintings from one walk, come with me and enjoy being out in the Cornish winter.
Sitting for a while on the little wooden bench I look out over the grey, still river.  It is one of those days when colours are muted, subtle and everything is quiet.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dark Clouds Hide Her Face


Dark Clouds Hide Her Face
Watercolour
7 cm x 8 cm or 2.75 inches x 3 inches.

Sometimes, when the moon is full, brightly shining in a deep endless sky, the clouds scurry by, like a change of mood.  She is hidden but still there, lighting the edges of the clouds with her soft, cold, smile.  Waiting.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

At Night


At Night
Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches

The sea is an inky mistress, lapping silky at the cold hard sand, stroking softly at the smooth edges of long worn rocks.  We shouldnt be here, it is the mystery time, the timeless time.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Because The Night


Because The Night
Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches.

Because the night is a strange land, not often visited and hidden in darkness.  Because we should be tucked up in bed, safe in our caves.  Because dreams walk and nightmares stumble through the shadowlands.  Because the night is free, I like it.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Deep Night


Deep Night
Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches

Stand in the woods and look up, let the trees hold you with their arms and fingers making a lacy cage through which you can see the night, deep in the woods the deep night.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Moon Sea


Moon Sea
Watercolour
7cm x 7cm or 2.75 inches x2.75 inches

The tide is out, sand smooth, a swathe of icy water catches the light, carrying shards of moonlight accross the sand towards the sea.  The air is bright and sharp with cold but it is not that which takes my breath away, the rock pools seem to glow. 

Tree


Saturday, December 05, 2009

Into The Night


Into The Night
Watercolour
7 cm x 7 cm or 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches

Stand and stare at the moon as she wraps herself in scarves of mist and clouds, ragged fringes of scratchy trees scrabble to be let into the picture. And the night sky breathes in and out.