Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Angels Wanna Wear My . . . .

Red Shoes and Sleeping Dog - 24cm x 30cm - Acrylic on Canvas

I used to like an Elvis Costello song - "The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes" - I even bought a pair of red, patent leather shoes which I am pretty sure some angels would have desired. The shoes were too small and hurt my feet but I wore them anyway. I made the painting along with a handful of others with the intention of showing it in a new gallery near Montreal in Canada. I delivered it last week. I didn't play the song once while I worked on this picture but it was in the back of my mind almost all the time.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hastings College Stole My Deckchair

Hastings College Stole My Deckchair - 29cm x 39cm - Acrylic on Canvas

 I was always going to call this painting "Hastings College Stole My Deckchair". On finishing it I worried that the title might be libelous but good sense (?) prevailed and I kept the title. I used to have a deckchair which I used as a model in many of my paintings, often with friends or family sitting in it. Foolishly I lent it to my son who wanted it for an installation which was part of his 'A' Level Graphic Design Course final assessment. Needless to say when I went to the college to collect his art works after the exams were over, the deckchair had gone. I blamed the college hence the title.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Harbour Entrance

Harbour Entrance - 23cm x 30cm - Acrylic on Board

This is the final painting of the series based around Rye Harbour. I often find that I paint several paintings at the same time around a particular subject. This subject, these paintings were special to me in many ways. While working on them it felt like I was fully engaged in what I was doing for the first time in a long while.
"These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession." - Claude Monet (1840-1946