How long does it take to create a painting? This has to be one of the most common things I get asked as an artist. The answer is 6.75hours..... just kidding. I don't know!! Every painting has its own story and its own flow. There are days in the studio when everything just goes perfectly. The energy is great, the music is perfect, my mood is elevated and everything just aligns. On those days, I can create a painting in a matter of hours.
But then there are other days, when you wake up and know that it's not going to be a good day, when doubt might creep in, where the paint just doesn't want to do as it's told, and when I can't get into the moment. On those days it might take me much longer to work a painting. Sometimes a painting can sit in my studio for weeks until finally everything gels and all of a sudden it looks exactly the way it's supposed to look.
Painting can be unpredictable, and my moods and energy definitely affect the way things go in the studio. Painting is very emotionally driven for me and I have to allow myself to go with the flow of the day. So here, for your viewing pleasure, is a time lapse of the first stage of a new commission. This is just step 1, with at least 3-4 more stages to go. And I can confirm that today was a good painting day!
So back in 2014 I created my first series of Ink works. It was partly due to the exploration and experimentation of a new medium, and partly because I wanted to create something which could produce brighter and bolder colours than acrylic paint.
As soon as I started playing with these alcohol inks, I fell in love. They allowed me to further explore the use of bright and bold color in my work, and I love the flow and the natural shapes inks create as they naturally flow on the specially designed art paper. They also proved popular with my collectors and sold out pretty quickly.
So here they are again, I have just released a new series of 14 original inks with more to come soon. Here's a little teaser....... head to the store (or click the image) to see the whole range.
I am currently completely obsessed with this new abstract series called the "Layers" series of works. A few years ago I created the first Layers work, which was actually part of a Spring range and I have only just revisited it recently, it's been calling me..
Seeing how the colours interact and work together is so exciting. Each layer tells its own story and allows hints of the previous layers to come through. To me this series explores who we are as people. We aren't just what you see on the inside, we are all made up of so many layers. Some easy to understand, some a little more complicated, but you don't truly get to know someone until you start to peel away these strips, one at a time, to truly see what's beneath the surface.
I have just added a few of these new paintings to my online store, and am also working on adding them to my Open Edition print series. I hope you like them!