Tag Archives: colour

There’s something about a sunrise

‘Day by Day’ — acrylic on canvas, 355 x 460 mm. Available.

‘Changing Planes’ — acrylic on canvas, 355 x 460 mm. Available.

Whatever happens next, it won’t be what you expected.
If it is what you expected, it isn’t what’s happening next.”

Brian Eno

The (new and improved) Purple Garden

The Purple Garden — acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2019. Available.

Originally painted in 2014, and now again in 2019 ~ I think I can confidently call these colours vibrant : )

The Purple Garden — Drawing Room mock-up

Worry is a misuse of the imagination

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination.” Dan Zadra

Painting this little canvas was a joy. I had some paint left over from a project and didn’t want it to go to waste. I’m so happy with the colours that I’m thinking of painting a much larger version. No varnish for this one. I don’t want to change a thing.

Patina – acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 mm, 2017. Available.

Birds

I Lost Myself – acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2017. Available on Etsy.

I Will Stay Here – acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 mm, 2017. Available on Etsy.

“Your ability to see is your tools of trade; nothing else matters. Beautiful seeing is the desideratum. Remember, when you hear people say they can see a thing but not do it that they cannot really see it. If they did, they could do it even if they put the paint on with their fingers.Charles Hawthorne

I’ve posted this quote before. It’s one that stays with me. I often find myself thinking “if I could really see this, I could put the paint on with my fingers”. But what if the thing you want to paint is the abstract impression of a favourite song? What if the thing you are “seeing” is a feeling, an impression, something in your mind’s eye?

I had one of my favourite songs playing in my head when I painted these little abstracts. I imagined being in the mountains just before dawn as the birds were beginning to wake up. You may see something completely different. Make of them what you will. I see the colours of early morning and mountains in the clouds. And I hear music… Birds by Lisa Crawley.

A road runs through it

A Road Runs Through It – acrylic on canvas, 205 x 2015 mm, 2017. Available for purchase.

A Road Runs Through It – acrylic on canvas, 205 x 2015 mm, 2017

“The painter knew that color was not something you controlled but something you set free. He believed that color knew its way home.” Thomas Lloyd Qualls

I really like the idea that colour knows where it wants to go and the best thing the painter can do is relax and get out of the way. To not try so hard. To not worry so much about getting it right or wrong.

Looking back at the journey this little study has taken me on, I realise that I actually painted about three different paintings, each one over the top of the other. I’m quite happy with the final version with its blue and purple mountains and dramatic shadows, but I really could have stopped sooner and I would have been happy with those paintings too.

Late last year, I started several larger versions of this landscape but I stopped working on them because I couldn’t quite manage to get the colours I wanted. Putting the paintings to one side and taking time out to do this one has helped me to relax and stop worrying about them. And now I’m finally ready to put them back on the easel, move a bit of paint around and see what happens.