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The Investigation Of Things
original oil painting - Making it Real
30 x 40 x 1.5 inches semi abstract landscape on canvas of a desire being made real. This is an unusual painting for me in that it took a few years to complete. It was inspired by a desire I have to live in Switzerland - a beautiful country as I found out when I was 20. I fondly recall sitting on the side of a mountain in Interlaken in a field of wild flowers and buttercups and looking down on a glittering blue lake with an ancient wooden church below me and cow bells tinkling beside a waterfall. It was a complete Sound of Music moment and I have not forgotten it. This painting is my attempt to make it real. It is painted in thick textured paint and is multi layered. The purple and green dark colours of the canvas represents the view through dark pine trees that obscures most of the landscape but allows tantalizing glimpses of a lake, mountains, forests, a church and the wildflowers. There are several little cameos showing different aspects of the scene, each one of which goes from fairly realistic to just abstract spots and lines towards the edge of the canvas. The red lines are branches but also look like veins and the dark patches are acting as barriers to the perfect vista as they emotional as well as physical. In summary this is a painting about wanting something and trying to make it real through intention and by simply continuing to create it until it begins to happen. This is how anything is achieved isn't it?...
The Golden Bough
The Golden Bough is a 30x30x1.5 inches contemporary oil painting of an oak tree and a deer in an autumn forest clearing. The painting was created by weaving and layering lots of paint layers in a semi abstract art nouveau style using pale yellows, orange, violets and pinks which give an intriguing glimpse into the heart of a forest. A female deer stands guarding her tree which is an ancient oak matriarch of the forest. The Oak, who has golden leaves, knows exactly what is going on in her wood and has tracked every movement by man and beast over centuries. The painting was inspired by the fact that oak trees and deer do, in fact, have a mystery to them. You always wonder what they would tell you if they would talk. I like the idea of worlds beyond the mundane and have used veils of paint to hint at possible mysteries or fairy tales being revealed. I painted it at this time (Sept 2019) as it is the end of summer and beginning of autumn and it is a palpable change in nature that prompts walks in forests and musings about the stories they could tell :-) Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang. Video at: https://youtu.be/Np_RgIiwnfE
The Scarecrows Abode
Trawlers at Polperro harbour
A classic nude study in the studio. Painted on a standard stretched canvas it is set in a contemporary dark tray frame measuring 68 cm x 48 cm x 35 mm overall. This work is also available as part of a pair of paintings with a narrative - an artist at work in his studio and this, his finished work. The pair are available for a reduced price when buying the two.
This is an oil painting on canvas of some beautiful red, yellow and white flowers that were given to me as a present for Mother's Day. I couldn't resist painting them and I hope you like them as much as I do. It is painted on all sides so can be hung without a frame if desired or you can frame it to your liking. It also has a coat of varnish.
This is painting is of a wood near Lacock. I love this time of a year when bluebells cover the ground like a fluffy blue carpet, the leaves on the trees are still fresh and the light coming through makes it even more stunning. Painted on stretched canvas with brushes and a pallet knife, full of colours and texture.