|'Excursion,' acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 cm|
This brings me to the subject of 'finishing work', a question that was asked by a friend last week on Facebook in relation to the above painting. How do you know when a painting is finished? My response to this question would probably have been different 12 years ago, when I relied more on landscape studies to guide me, using that ready-made skeletal framework to tick off the elements within the painting: is that tree 'correct;' are the shadows the right shapes and colours; what about the horizon line? I have spent years painting in the land but often found that paintings made from the memory of an experience convey more fully the spirit of the place than literally copying a scene. I have also always had a love of paint itself and like to explore how brush strokes, marks and layers of paint can recreate a place or arena of imagination. This excitement of discovery is what keeps me painting.
|'First Glimpse,' (work in progress, China series) acrylic and ink on canvas, 68 x 89 cm|
|'Tom's Midnight Garden,' acrylic and oil on board, 65 x 50 cm (finished)|
|'Bay Area,' acrylic on canvas, 32 x 45 cm (finished)|
|'Untitled,' acrylic, oil and gesso on canvas, (work in progress)|