This will be my last blog post of the year. I have let the blogging lapse a bit this year, so my resolution will be to get back to some regular postings in 2015. Apart from anything else, I think blogging helps me to reflect on my work, to give consideration to what is good and bad about my painting, and to develop as an artist. Here's a few pics from 2014, some finished, others maybe not...
|Shed with Green Roof - currently for sale as unframed pic|
Fishing huts and sheds is one theme. I keep coming back to these rickety buildings: they excite and fascinate me, their individual histories and how they stand up to the elements. I want to continue to explore them as a theme. Linked to this are old pieces of machinery like petrol pumps, and walls and piers. Machinery as a subject is more of an exercise for my drawing skills and probably a good challenge for next year.
|Red Roof - now framed.|
|Sheds at St Abbs - not sure if it's finished yet|
I continue to paint sea scenes, but sometimes my beach paintings bore me, so I think I shouldn't overdo this theme. This (below) is one scene that excited me in Lewis. The exposure and feeling of being on the very edge of habitable space. I wasn't surprised to learn that there's a bit of surfing done on this beach.
|Stormy Beach, Lewis - now framed - one of my favourite pics!|
Applecross is a bit closer to home....
|View from Applecross Bay - restricted palette holds the interest (not framed)|
Maybe I'd be better to focus on hills. I've definitely not done enough hillwalking in 2014 and I so want to get back up onto the high tops.
|Beinn Damph and Upper Loch Torridon - not sure if it's finished yet|
I feel that I want to explore landscapes which are more complex and seek out the abstract patterns in the world around me. This next view is perhaps not complex enough?
|High Riggs, Summer Morning - now framed|
Whereas with this other pic I made a real effort to capture the essence of the moorland by focusing on the ground cover....that beautiful 'deer grass' which you find in the hills up here in late autumn.
|Deer Grass Above Achintee - a WIP|
However, while I want hills and landscapes to be my focus next year, I know that inevitably I will come back to the sea, its moods and patterns and the challenge of portraying the movement of the waves.
|Dark Island - Charcoal and ink and conte to reflect the moody day - now framed|
|Loch Carron in stormy mood - a WIP|
And then again, I do like to draw faces – they are all so different – and I wonder about doing some portraiture. I don't think this would ever become a main theme, but next year I'd like to draw and paint more figures and faces. One possibility is putting figures (or animals) into landscapes and urban scenes – this is always a challenge. Perhaps I should do a few more drawings of Ness the wolfhound and see where it takes me.
See what I
mean.....this is already quite a diverse mix. When you add that to my
thoughts about media – how much printmaking?...should I make a
serious attempt at oils next year?....Or should I focus on working
with graphite and pigments? So many questions to be addressed. One
thing I think I've learned is that it doesn't pay to be too serious
in one's approach. It's important to play with materials and
concepts. Whilst I know I must be disciplined and work hard, this
does not mean that I should be dull and heavy-handed. Enthusiasm,
energy and exploration shall be my themes for next year!
|Ness - a drawing recently exhibited at St Margaret's House|