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Light and shade (and Happy Easter)

A Rose By Any Other Name — acrylic on canvas, 250 x 250 mm, 2019. Available.

“God bless our contradictions, those parts of us which seem out of character. Let us be boldly and gladly out of character. Let us be creatures of paradox and variety: creatures of contrast; of light and shade: creatures of faith. God be our constant. Let us step out of character into the unknown, to struggle and love and do what we will. Amen.”

‘A Note on God’ by Michael Leunig

What if…

Exploding Colour — acrylic on canvas, 250 x 250 mm, 2018. Available.

In the words of painter Adam Wolpert…

“Whenever I try to finish a painting by carefully cleaning up all the parts—removing smudges, perfecting the drawing, spiffing and polishing—as I work, the spirit slowly drains out of it. This approach to finishing leaves me unsatisfied and leads to my either abandoning the painting before it is complete or just stopping and calling it “finished” in spite of my dissatisfaction. I know that Nature is not polished and uniform, all clear, clean and tidy, but raw and variable, messy, ambiguous, and indefinite. And above all, nature is dynamic. It stands to reason that a painting of Nature must somehow include these qualities. What if focusing on details and formal accuracy won’t ever get me there?”

“What if I just focus on representing the underlying essence of my subject and my relationship to, and feeling about, that essence?….Perhaps the best way to finish a painting is to try to move the subject ever more towards that state. I know when that character is developing in my painting because the image inspires that particular feeling I have when I stand before it in Nature. I know to keep working as long as I can make something more like its essential self. I know I need to stop as the image begins to move away from itself and become something else. Mysteriously, sometimes this process goes on for many days and even weeks as I devote hour after hour to the piece, other times I breathe a painting into being in a few hours, almost effortlessly, and only need the good sense to leave it alone (which is surprisingly difficult sometimes). So perhaps, in this way, my practice of finishing can be guided by Nature herself.”

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It’s sale time

I’m having my first ever sale on Etsy. Between now and early December I will be featuring THREE paintings every week at 40–60% off the original price. Three different paintings will be listed at very special prices every Thursday. Click on the images to visit my shop.

This week’s paintings are:

Anna Cull Monarch 2015

Monarch — SOLD

Anna Cull Black Bird — ink and watercolour, 240 x 180 mm, 2014

Black Bird — SOLD

Diptych of Daisies — SOLD

Diptych of Daisies — SOLD

Things are looking up

Things are looking up – acrylic on canvas, 510 x 405 mm, 2015. For sale at The Christchurch Art Show, June 2015.

Things are looking up – acrylic on canvas, 510 x 405 mm, 2015. SOLD

A bit of a favourite, I’ve painted this scene a couple of times before: Stand and Redwoods.

P.S. This is number five of the six paintings I planned to finish in time for next month’s Christchurch Art Show. It feels really good to be on track…

Things are looking up, WIP

Things are looking up, WIP – acrylic on canvas

Things are looking up, WIP – acrylic on canvas

“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud