Contemporary Paintings

inspired by the coastline and landscape

of the North East of Scotland

New Work Winter 2021-22

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Quiet Monday feeling. There was a lot going on in the foreground of this painting before today’s session, but seems to be a day for simplifying.

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This one’s been brewing for a while and I’ve been spending time with it today while listening to the wind blowing against the window. Forecast said strong wind from the North North West, even sounds cold! So in need of a bright horizon. Always feels hopeful. Trying the frame on for size. Hope you find a bright horizon this weekend.

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Brushing, scraping and carving, all in a days work. Good to be back painting this week. This small 20 x 20cm square is part of today’s in progress.

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Ready, Framed and Delivered. Off to the lovely @tolquhongallery for their winter show opening next weekend; 20th Nov. Caught a glimpse of some of the other paintings when I popped in yesterday, looks like it’s going to be a great show.

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Some crops of the paintings I’m finishing and varnishing today. I enjoy looking close up and seeing some of the texture and accidental marks created by the layers below, but at the same time the voice in my head questioning if they need further work. Resisting this need to ‘tidy’ as I’m in danger of losing what I find interesting. It’s such a balance. Getting the varnish out before I start searching for a small brush.

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Reviewing a group of new paintings in progress. Feel they’re coming to final stages and almost there. Once I press publish on this post, I’ll see all the things I have to change 😀

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. Leaving areas of underpainting, while quietening down other areas. It’s like a puzzle and looking for the missing pieces.

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Starting to make decisions about composition with some of the paintings I started adding layers to last week. This one seems to be about celebrating grey skies and a bright horizon, perhaps influenced by us stepping into November. Don’t know at this stage if it’ll end up like this or if I’ve just added some useful layers.

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My desk didn’t always look like this on a Monday. This week is about starting to lay the foundations for next group of paintings. Warming up today and adding some layers without thinking of the end result. It’s helping me to get my head into the right place.

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