this is a 30 x 30 cm canvas I painted in 2019, framed, and hung in my living room. I didn’t want to part with it! it’s acrylic over collage and is an early abstract from when I was still painting still-life and landscape as a way into the abstract, the colours and the feeling of movement – gesture – informing what I was doing. hence the title – “space for a speckled vase”. £ 200 plus shipping, including frame which is a neutral grey painted wood floating frame.
“hellebores in a vase” 30 x 30 cm, 2019, acrylic and collage on canvas is its partner, also framed, and also kept back in my living room. £200 framed, plus shipping. It’s perhaps slightly less abstract, showing its influence from a still life of hellebores from my garden.
at around the same time, or just before, I was experimenting with collaging newspaper articles onto the canvas first. this is one of those, it has an article about poetry, and one about Bob Dylan showing parts of the text under the paint. “Echolocation” 2018, 30 x 30 cm collage, marble dust and acrylic on canvas, framed the same way, £200 plus shipping.
“the labyrinth listens in the dark”, 2020, acrylic and marble dust on deep cradled panel, 40 x 40 x 5 cm. Here I was just enjoying the slippery surface of this lovely plywood panel and pushing paint around on it – which is an Australian make, Derain and really feels the closest to oil paint of any of the acrylics, with some super colours – enjoying making marks. This will sit on a shelf unsupported, or hang on the wall by its solid and firm edge. £ 270 plus shipping.
“to tell a different story” acrylic, marble dust, collage and mica flakes on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2019. this one is intensely about texture, I was experimenting with these small paintings to see how paint could work in different ways. £ 160 plus shipping.
“elder and alder greening” also has intense texture, layering thick paint over paint and then scratching through with the palette knife, but it’s also very obviously a landscape painting, I think you could say it’s about spring in Norfolk! Acrylic on 30 x 30 cm canvas, 2018. £ 160 plus shipping
“I only came here afterwards” is a smaller work, acrylic on canvas, 2021, 20 x 25 cm, painted this summer. Its confident broad brushstrokes and little scratchy marks are influenced by drawing outdoors in small handmade sketchbooks that I carry on all my walks. £ 85 plus shipping. the sketchbooks have made a lot of difference to my painting, making a stronger relationship to very specific places, but then forcing me to work away from direct representation and drawing as such.
“Kemback path” arrived early last year, before I had my studio sorted out and I was working on the kitchen table. It’s really one of those paintings that’s a complete surprise. It just worked, the brush strokes and then the delicate pencil lines. Pretty much unrepeatable. acrylic and pencil on canvas, 15 x 15 cm, 2021, £ 40 plus shipping
“and the stained bush holding” acrylic and water soluble graphite stick on canvas covered board, 20 x 20 cm, 2021, £ 70 plus shipping. Many, many layers, and scratching through with the palette knife and liquid effects dribbling through use of the spray bottle, on this one, worked on through summer and autumn at the same time as much bigger paintings.
“walking us in the mud” is its partner, just a little darker, acrylic on canvas covered board, 20 x 20 cm, 2021, £ 70 plus shipping.
“away in the gap” is another really small canvas, 15 x 15 cm, acrylic, juxtaposition of colours and brushstrokes working for me, the cadmium orange (poisonous says the tube, very rare these day) taking over from the subcutaneous reds. £ 40 plus shipping.
and here’s its little friend “settled on the land” acrylic scored through with the palette knife, on canvas 15 x 15 cm, 2021. £ 40 plus shipping
“the lichens’ voice a breath” is a small canvas, 20 x 20 cm, acrylic and charcoal on collaged canvas, finished right at the end of December 2021, when I had started using a squeegee, and it reflects this running of colours over each other.
here it is on the wall in my living room, to show you how these small canvases don’t need framing, they can just be popped on a hook with no string or wire, and float free in the landscape of your room! £90 plus shipping.
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