last day of October

Enjoying autumn colours and gathering ideas and images for a new set of paintings on an afternoon walk today from the studio. The trees, hedgerows and the autumn colours: And now trees are shedding their leaves so I’m looking at the pattern of the branches against the grey sky: These images brought to mind a painting I did in 2017, and which I saw recently hanging in a lovely cottage not too far from here (it looked very pleasing). So here is that one: Related Images:

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We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back Oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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autumn storm painting

I was attracted to using a different shape of canvas to help this composition, Autumn Storm – of trees along a hedgerow, of sky, with movement along the painting as we do when we walk in the open countryside or even travelling in a car and watching the passing scenes. So here in the painting which is 30cm x 120cm (12x48in), and showing four linking details. Click on each for a larger view and use the arrows below each image: Related Images:

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pears

So many pears on the pear tree this year. This first ‘Pears’ painting is looking down onto the fruits on the table by my easel, looking simply at the colours and shapes with dark outline, as an abstract representation: Then from the side, three pears. The grouping and the quality of the surface of the pears which had dropped to the ground in the wind. Here they are shown where I placed them on a window ledge to ripen. On completion of this small painting, I recalled the beautiful drawings of pears by Martha Alf, done using a 4B pencil on paper, tiny marks placed to create the variations in… Read More

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Yawning at the apocalypse

A pig ate his fill of acorns under an oak tree and then started to root around the tree. A crow remarked,’ You should not do this. If you lay bare the roots, the tree will wither and die.’ ‘Let it die,’ said the pig. ‘Who cares so long as there are acorns?’   [adapted from a fable by Andrew Krylov in the article quoted below]   Yawning at the apocalypse is the title of an article I’ve just read in ‘the psychologist’ magazine , written by Cameron Brick and Sander van der Linden, on how psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history – climate change. Here’s a couple of… Read More

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colour

  I’m rereading ‘Painting the warmth of the sun: St Ives Artists 1939-1975’, and also the Tate book ‘Modern Art and St Ives’. I’m interested in paintings by Patrick Heron, his views on non-representational art, and his move from abstract with figurative association to purely abstract paintings. He admired the works of Sam Francis and wrote about American artists of that time. He wrote ‘Colour is both the subject and the means; the form, and the content, the image and the meaning in my painting today…..’ (1963)   These two paintings today, completed from reworking from last week. Whilst the paintings are still associated with nature – my garden, woodland, the valley… Read More

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reds

Reds in my garden and woodland: deep crimson-reds changing to browns; strong rose-reds and cerulean sky, cadmium reds against grey-greens.  Blackbirds are now feasting on the crab apples; the finches go for the rose hips, especially of the rock-rose; thrushes are often on the haws and rowan. Birds will also feed on the (non-native) cotoneaster and honeysuckle berries, and the smaller tits forage on seed heads. In the woodland there’s berries of the guelder rose, dog rose and dogwood, haws and sloes, ivy and holly.  See the colour and line gallery     See my November garden and woodland images: Reds  Related Images:

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