Lots and lots of small paintings

Created over two days, I wanted to work on a series of fast paintings, working through lots of ideas and loosening up my painting technique, I often do this as a break from the larger paintings or when I’m feeling a bit blocked or just need to shake things up a bit. Had a lot of fun and made new discoveries. I took fairy tales as my loose theme. Snow white, the ugly sisters, Rapunzel, sleeping beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Blue beard’s wives where some of the characters I chose to interpret.

An imagined family portrait

An imagined family portrait

I wanted to create a safe place, an imaginary sanctuary for my family as we struggle to survive these unbelievably difficult times. My furniture, my children, my coffee pot transported somewhere else. I think I created this image to sooth the constant fear of homelessness and not being able to keep my children safe.

Painting in progress above and below a selection of details from the finished painting.

Lots of painting

I worked out that I’ve produced¬†over 60 paintings since July, not all successful. Some paintings change a lot, some are never resolved or become an overworked mess. Making mistakes and hoping to learn something is part of the battle. here are a selection of some of the more recent paintings I’ve been working on

Nature girl
The fire children
Little My
In the wilderness she wore pearls
Into the woods
Peggy and the ghosts
Taking David’s dog for a walk
Where am I going and how the hell do I get there?