Wednesday, 29 June 2011

recent shows

Getting busy now with producing paintings for summer exhibitions. I have two (below) in this exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery which is on all summer. Although not exactly what most people would call impressionism, my paintings do have deep rooted influences from a couple of Impressionist painters, namely Monet and Cezanne. I remember Cezanne was my absolute favourite painter when I was in my early teens.

Beach cafe , 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
South Coast Surf , 45 x 45 cm.
Beside the Wave gallery were representing me at the Bristol AAF last month. Apparently the paintings were recieved very well and there were a good number of sales, including the painting on the ad above. Great for the paintings to be shown to a new and appreciative audience.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Allotments, Longrock

Allotments, Longrock, 76x76 cm ,acrylic on canvas.

This is a painting I finished last week, of the allotments at Longrock near Marazion- which I only new existed when I drove past them a few weeks ago.I'm always interested in the orderly grids versus the spawl of growing plants in an allotment, and especially liked the view of the mount peeping over the top. For my initial drawing, below, I had to precariously stand on top of a wall to get more of a plan view and also to see more of the mount. There were a couple of worried looking allotment owners wondering what on earth I was doing, and they came over and saw that my intentions were honourable. They said homeless people had been helping themselves to fruit and veg under cover of darkness, which must be a problem on most allotments. The drawing above is a study I do before painting of sizing the compostion to the canvas and making a few small changes. The painting will be on show at Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance later this summer.