I have been away from home, visiting family and being a Granny in Wales, for two months, as well as a ten day break in Portugal
So I’ve been away from my studio and not painting
During the last couple of weeks I have begun to crave paint and canvas. So I bought a few materials from local shops and made these two small works on the floor in my daughter’s spare bedroom. In between visits, and in between layers, they’ve been drying in the shed.
My bedroom at my daughter’s home has sliding doors out onto the garden, with views into the trees beyond. And a view out of the side windows to a stand of Scotch Pines. From my bed I can see both dawn and dusk through these trees.
The paintings are not at all a representation of these photos of views. In fact they have more of an essence of a walk in the woods. I even embedded a fern leaf in the paint, removed it the next day to leave its impression, then rolled over it again with more layers.
However, some of the colours are there. A friend of mine said of these two latest pieces that they were a return for me of a ‘confident enigma’. I like that
These are lovely… no wet paint on the floors? You a clean painter?
Hahaha, thanks Katie 🙂 🙂 Extremely messy painter!!! Painting here has involved a slightly nightmarish scenario of keeping baby and dog out, keeping room ventilated (wide open patio doors!), layers of plastic and newspaper, cleaning up outside, storing wet paintings in the shed between sessions, working on a rare (for me), seemingly miniscule scale (like quarter my usual size)…. Needs must lol 🙂
I love these…
Thanks Kate x
These remind me of frosty mornings in Maine. They also remind me of some of your earlier work, “It’s Orange Outside.” I love the mystery and subtlety of these complex paintings.
Wow, thanks so much Kathryn. Well done spotting the similarity to ‘outside its orange’ (which I’m delighted to say have both been sold!). I was actually thinking of them as I made this new pair, both made in October, a year apart, the Orange ones made in Donegal, and these new ones in Wales.
They’re lovely paintings, very mysterious and evocative of shadows beneath the surface (if that makes sense!)..
I really love your paintings. They are rich in colours and full of free imagination.
The trick with the fern is clever.
It is great you found my blog so I could find you and I am over to follow now.
Thanks very much Miriam! Thanks for calling in 🙂