It started like this, a huge piece of primed canvas (160 x 258cm, the end of the roll), stapled to the floor.
It took up so much of the floor that I had to stand on it to get round it
After a while working on it on the floor, I got Malachy to help me hang it sideways on the wall
And then I turned it round the right way
I taped off the edges, built up more layers and thought it was done.
But something was unbalanced
So finally I took the plunge
There she blows!
Here’s a closeup
And here’s a photo montage
A good day!
And I just mean in my studio!
I have been reworking some old canvases and completely repainting some too
These 2 above are each 80cm sq
Here they are with another one the same size and a 65cm one on the end
Here’s a bigger reworked piece
120cm plus it’s frame also painted over
Here’s a fuller view of my favourites (today anyway) – with a sort of invasion of pink
This one and the last one below are a bit odd, and maybe not totally successful. But they were an important challenge for me in terms of structure, form and process. Each 80 cm plus frame
I have just finished these 3
On the ‘drying wall’ in my studio
The stark light patches are both disrupting and essential ingredients in my studio life! I have an ambiguous love affair with skylights
Landmark 1 / the path
120 x 80cm
Details from Landmark 1/ the path
Landmark 2 / shadows
Details from Landmark 2/ shadows
Landmark 3 / lightshaft
Details from Landmark 3 / lightshaft
1.In November 2014 I visited Ceide Fields – a neolithic site in North Mayo where they have discovered 52 miles of stone boundary walls from a farming settlement over 5000 years old.
2. This year I am lucky enough to be heading to San Francisco and New York to visit some major art galleries exibiting the works of the American Abstract Expressionists and I am particularly looking forward to seeing some of Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings in ‘the flesh’
I have come to realise recently how much it helps me to know something about the history or interests of an artist in order to more fully appreciate their work. That’s not to undermine in any way the importance of the solely visual impact. And I definitely don’t like the verbiage and arts peak that goes into many ‘artists statements’. I’m searching for a middle ground and would welcome comments