The Adventures of…? I used the same starting point image of a young man but slightly modified his appearance and placed him in different settings so see how he would fit in. These are drawn using curved lines which don’t meet which seem to give a sense of vibrancy and energy I was looking for.
Still Life. Some of these are really also interiors and use the double square format, all to give more complex composition. As I paint certain objects take on personal/symbol meanings for me.
The beauty of abstracts is that you can enjoy colour without worrying about form and meaning: in particular I was interested in colour balance and rhythm. But colour also determines depth and so they also became as much about space which surprised me.
During lockdown I went for long bikes rides and inevitably starting sketching and then painting. These were done in November and December when the light is a richer yellow and the trees expose all their structure and strength.
As I was not able to travel this year I used old sketch books to work from.
The Remembrance Chapel at Edinburgh Castle is packed full of wonderful stone, metal, wood and glass artwork. Outside, guarding the entrance are two beautiful stone horses which I couldn’t stop thinking about….