2022

FIVE FIELDS (COIGACH)

Acrylic and oil on deep-sided canvas, 2022, 61 x 61 x 5 cm

this one has been hanging around in the studio waiting to dry for over six months. Initially I put it in my greenhouse. It’s the RF oilsticks that are so slow, especially this Indian yellow. Definitely a spring painting. Daffodils! crocuses! And many layers of process until I am happy with it.

ALL THE WORDS IN THE WOOD TO LOSE

Acrylic, marble dust, gouache, water-soluble crayon and paper collage on deep-sided canvas, 2022, 70 x 80 x 4 cm.

Having written five poems for the Poetry School course “Into the dark wood’ on Dante’s inferno, and walking regularly from Kemback to Blebocraigs and North Firsk, up and down the steep woods and plantations and  quarries, I am really quite obsessed with Kemback woods. This painting has a lot of space between areas of differing texture, and links up to some new collage work I am doing.

 

FIRTH POEM

Acrylic on canvas, 2022, 15 x 15 cm

this little painting consists of lemon yellow brush marks over scraped paint of various blues and whites, like asemic writing, as if the Firth had used its mark-making ability on sand and water to write the river a love letter.

 

FIRTH REMEMBERING RIVER MOUTH

Acrylic on canvas, 2022, 15 x 15 cm

This is one of the small and very small canvases I have in my studio which act as idea boards and the recipients of spare paint, until they suddenly become finished in their own right. Usually there are a lot of layers on them. The gold paint on this one reflects light, stands in for light in sky and on water, and sandbank shape. I love gold and other metallic paint for this reflective quality. There is also a quiet connection to religious icons.

OCEAN AT THE RIVER’S MOUTH

Acrylic, linen, charcoal, oil pastel, on linen, 60 x 50 cm.

after overnight storms, nature taking over … in my studio still listening to Junun … pearls and coral in your hair –

My eyes rusted and lost/containing seawater/and my hair full of saltmarsh. /I ask for its touch, brimming/its voices and reasons

RIVER-MOUTH BEACH

Acrylic, charcoal, water soluble crayon, linen on canvas, 2022, 61 x 61 cm

part of a series about Kinshaldy beach and the Eden estuary.

I had planned to paint over all of the first layer with its strong lines and paint runs. but stopped as I became aware that the charcoal lines done from my sketchbook notes were actually doing really interesting things with the under layers. As always, the fact that this has a piece of raw linen wrapped edge to edge across it, makes something special happen.