18 percent grey

I’ve painted my gallery wall a light/mid grey (it says Turtle Dove on the tin, I couldn’t get Battleship). The old wall was magnolia which is fairly bland; not white but not a shade of anything really. The wall needed patching having removed one shelf and then moved another, so I took the opportunity to…

Great to be back!

Spent this afternoon at the studio getting things ready for opening again in, hopefully, ten days or so. My new artwork is too big to fit on anything but the top gallery ledge, so I’ve removed the middle one, shuffled the top one down so that will take larger pieces, and then added the now…

Vent

I’ve just finished this diptych which, needless to say, has taken on a life of it’s own and turned out quite different to how it was envisaged. When the colour stripes are initially laid out I get an idea of how they work as a block of similar colour but when there’s a join, the…

Working together

I found a piece of board in the garage and decided to use it to make a few smaller pieces. However, I’ve worked out that an artwork really needs a minimum of around 45 stripes across the width for the colours in the stripes to start to merge effectively and so to achieve this means…

Artwork detail

I’ve spent quite a lot of time updating my website the past couple of weeks. As part of that process I’ve been photographing my new acrylic abstracts from various angles. This image of ‘Upgrade‘ shows the detail of the join and the board edge.

#loveliestblue

As well as reusing old paintings I also make new ones when I need a specific colour range for the piece I’m working on. This is a piece titled ‘#loveliestblue‘ after one of Stewart Semple’s powder paints. Pictures show the source abstract (with paint tub), work in progress and finished artwork, which is this case…

Abstract extracts

I’ve been taking close-up photographs of sections of my finished artwork to highlight the patterns and textures in the paint and the boundaries between the strips. I love the way that a small detail can be composed to make an image in its own right, with a completely different look and feel from the whole….