I have been working on this for a while now, back and forth trying to get it to a place I am happy with. I think she has evolved into a mother nature character.
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.
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.
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
I’ve been working on all of these canvases over the past few weeks mostly early mornings before the kids are up and late nights after work. Most are finished or close to completion and are all being added to my shop over the next few days, some are already there. The head and shoulder portraits are all on small canvases, others are around the A2 and A3 sizes.