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




back kitchen story

More works from the back kitchen



2 on paper each 30 x 42cm 


A1 canvas (c. 59 x 84cm)

Might add some black or very dark blue paint and/or maybe some graphite marks later or tomorrow


The back kitchen early this morning with the 2 paper pieces primed and ready to go. It’s dark but I manage


Another one finished first thing this morning – still in my pyjamas!

painting away

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