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 am updating my shop with lots of new work, acrylic on canvas in a variety of sizes, you can see them here.
I like to document my work as it changes, it’s useful to remind myself of the journey. This work is inspired by the book I’m reading at the moment, The Essex serpent by Sarah Perry. I woke up at 6.30 am this morning, a bit annoying on a Sunday, but since the kids are away I decided to start straight away on a new painting. I have documented the progress throughout the day, there is a long way to go yet. It’s been hard work, I’m never entirely sure where a painting is going to end up both in terms of content and technique.
These very small paintings are part of an ongoing series of female heads.
I’m working as a model maker for stop frame animation again, it’s great fun back with the Scarycat team working on Christmas adverts for Aardman animations. I continue to paint everyday even if it’s just for an hour in the evening. Here are some of the pieces I have been working on. I’m using acrylic as I’m painting at home so oils are not really an option at the moment. These paintings are seasonal, summer, autumn, winter, there are lost girls, yeti hunters, halloween evenings and a star girl.