Recharging…

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right here…Hazlewood Marshes on the Alde just outside Aldeburgh in Suffolk.  It helped to have a sunset of that intensity on 10th January of course!  We love opportunities to get away to the coast, quite a hike for us here in the centre of the country.  And though it rather gets in the way of making work the chance to relax and enjoy such a location is much appreciated.  However it’s also the case that just occasionally here and there as one wanders about you see things that will impact on the making of paintings.  So it was on this trip.

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Festive Jollities…

A sadly departed pal used to be quite grumpy about what he called ‘festive jollities’ and though I tried to look more sanguine when he said it I tended secretly to feel the same.  In my dotage I’m taking a more relaxed view of it and, as I believe the young folk say, ‘going with the flow’  In fact giving the festive music full rein in the house I’m rather taken with this track that somehow I’d hitherto never come across – I offer it as seasons greetings…

Crackin’ On…

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Waves, Acrylic on canvas, 55 x 45 cm. 2019

I dunno why really but the impending ‘end of year’ schtick impels me to ‘tidy’ stuff up.  It probably stems from the ‘bad old days’ (that were pretty ok really) when I was employed and the Christmas/New Year break seemed a good time for clearing decks and finishing projects.  Now of course I’m in the fortunate position that one day is pretty much like another but the impulse lives on.  So I’m trying to ‘complete’ (only to my own satisfaction naturally) the works that have been kicking about for the past few months or in some cases years.  Its probably just as well as otherwise quite a few might never get sorted.

Helping out…

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Cape Poem (left) & Gwarra (right)

Earlier this autumn I put on another show at Deda in Derby.  My contributions are shown above.  I donated Cape Poem to the organisation as part of a fundraiser and contributed a short video piece that can be viewed here.   I’ve a great fondness for Deda and been a long time supporter as well as putting on shows there.  I’d appreciate any support that others might give them!

Health & Efficiency…

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Chalk Helith, Acrylic on paper, 151 x 49.5 cm. 2019

It’s difficult to know what constitutes efficiency in the matter of painting.  After all a good deal of the ‘magic’ resides in the capture of time.  Of course this can be accomplished in a matter of moments (although even the experts in this probably often have longueurs between actions) but for some of us the endless prevarications, adjustments and alterations are very much part of the process.  Nonetheless with some pictures it takes me months to sort them out to my satisfaction, perhaps that’s why I have so many on the go at any time.  Add to that occasional periods of ill health and the onset of the winter (cold studio, poor light…) and things can take a dickens of a time.