I started painting landscapes with the intention of giving my brain a bit of a rest from all the usual thinking. A rest from thinking about concepts and why you are working in a particular way. A break from all the bollox ology that you are bombarded with when you have to discuss your work. The analysis you do of every mark. But guess what...it didn't fucken work...and the next gobshite that says "oh your a painter, that must be lovely and relaxing" is getting a thump in the head!
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36” x 24”.
Oil and acrylic on canvas.
“Hey! Jock, are ye glad ye 'listed? O Jock, but ye're far frae hame!
What d'ye think o' the fields o' Flanders? Jockey lad, are ye glad ye came?
Wet rigs we wrought in the land o' Lennox, When Hielan' hills were smeared wi' snaw;
Deer we chased through the seepin' heather, But the glaur o' Flanders dings them a'! “
- Neil Munro.
If you haven’t yet, drive the A82 in Scotland, stop the car about 5 minutes after leaving Ballachulish heading east, at Loch Achtriochtan, turn the engine off, get out, listen and look.
Day 13 'Pierre'
I love this guy, he's an amazing French chef and speaks very little, he prefers to listen.
His framed print is coming to Art Source.
If you'd like to reserve him just message me.
During a visit to New York last year I got to visit some stunning grizzly bears in NY zoo. I spent lots of time watching the bears investigate the various toys in their enclosure and they were full of curiosity and fun. I really wanted to express their curious nature in this painting. These amazing animals have such stunning faces and I love their awkward bulk when they stand on their back legs to get a really good look at something new. This bear is completely fixed on a new object in his environment as he smells the air and stands up to get a better look. The finished painting is curious, soft and full of fun.
I don't know about you but I find something really relaxing about looking at cows! I love their gentle nature as they mooch around green fields. This is a new painting of a little Charloise cow called 'Custard'. I wanted to evoke Custards relaxed and soft expression by layering lots of soft washes of warm golds and turquoise to build up his portrait. For this painting I wanted to highlight the different textures of Custards face using a range of different brush strokes to contrast the soft long fur of his ears, with his solid horns and wet pink nose. The finishing painting is full of life, colour and tranquillity.