Columba

Thinking about Picasso’s pigeons roosting around windows and the illuminations of the hermit saints. 

‘Columba’ 50 x 40″ on canvas

detail from Columba


‘Columba’ and ‘Dance’ in the doorway of my temporary Back kitchen studio in Wales

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big canvas small space

Each new challenge brings a fresh approach to the work

I am painting in an old ‘back kitchen’ with poor light and much less manoeuvrability than I’m used to. I started by working on paper on the table. Progressed to 2 A1 (c. 60 x 80cm) canvases propped up in the doorway. And a few days ago bought 2 big canvases c. 100 x 130cm (40 x 50inches) These I started off leaning against the wall on top of the radiator. Then some layers applied with my right hand while I held and rotated the canvas with my left.

I had to carry the painting out into the lean-to conservatory (trying not to get paint on the tomato plants/ chair /bike) and out through a second door into the yard to see it in the light

Here are some progress shots and the finished piece in the garden

Dance