RIVER MOUTH

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.