I was asked by Drift gallery in St Anne's for whom I have led previous workshop events, if I could make a winter themed canvas for an exhibition space in the town. I have a lot of work on at the moment but thought it would be lovely to be able to make a piece just for Christmas.
I am presently working on a series of pieces for a solo exhibition next year at Skyeworks gallery in Portree on the Isle of Skye. The volume of work I have to complete sometimes seems daunting but I am confident it is achievable, and so far have kept all of the completed works underwraps. ( not easy for me ;) )
As the series progresses I have noticed my style is changing. The constant themes return again and again, but evolve. I think the very act of making a back to back series of works make this happen, but thrown into the mix are personal experiences and feelings.
The way an Artists style develops fascinates me. Picasso very famously went through his blue period 1901-1904 where his work took on a more sombre tone, his sadness during that time led to his use of predominately blue palette warmed only by a very small amount of colour. Of course the period was relatively short lived and soon the colours came flooding back.
Mood and season can influence in subtle ways.
My 'First Snow' piece began a few weeks back in warmer hues, paint, thrown, dribbled and sprayed in merry abandon.
As the paper layers went down, the seasons had begun to change,
A biting wind,
A hard chill.
Cold, clear, water,
Mist, damp.... Winter.
I am working more loosely, using palette knives and splatter teqniques to apply paint freely over collaged paper fragments. the physical application of paint mirroring the wind and rain.
Of course there is still metallic sparkle in my work. Silver flakes merge with ice blue paint, but it is more muted.
I took the photo below of ' first snow' propped up on my sofa to help show scale a little better...