painting away

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I’m away from home in Wales for more than two months (until November)

Getting used to making some small works on paper in any available space

This was my first temporary studio this week on my bedroom windowsill – but with oil paint not the best place!


This second temporary studio in the old back kitchen is a much better solution. It’s a bit dark but the table is on wheels so I can roll it into the lighter patch by the door when I’m working and then put it back in the corner out of the way afterwards


These are the first 2 completed pieces, ‘Waiting’ 1 & 2


Waiting #1


Waiting #2


2 more pieces on primed paper in progress.

I’m using up my daughter’s small selection of oils until my new order of paints arrive, hopefully tomorrow

Cross currents

80cm sq

Was pondering on Yves Klein(though this isn’t ‘his’ blue)

Was seeing the green blot on Degas’s monotype in the New York MOMA show which seems to be seared on my retina

Was messing about with a ‘paint over’ of an old canvas

Was pondering more on how Franz Kline had the confidence to make such enormous sweeping marks

And then this morning there was a debate on Instagram about whether we should disregard other artists’ work for fear of replicating – or ‘chew them up’ and spit them out

I’m all for the chewing idea