Whilst on a field trip to Windsor Great Park I received news from one of my collectors that they would like to buy another painting. This time it will be a Christmas present! It is so encouraging when a painting goes to its forever home and even more so when a collector returns to acquire another piece.
The field trip to Windsor Great Park was an opportunity to check out the ancient oaks, many of them hundreds of years old. Although as they age some of them need props to support their huge branches, these wonderful old trees are almost sculptural in their twisted and partially decaying forms. Just thinking about what they have seen over the years is remarkable and they are bound to appear in my work eventually.
My other news is that I have decided to withdraw from the PhD studies. It was a difficult decision and one not made lightly. The University were very supportive and the process of withdrawal does give you time to reflect and talk things through with your supervisor. I am glad I had the opportunity and the research I started, together with the work made will continue to feed in to future work. I made some good friends over the months and learnt a lot too.
After I finished my MA in 2015, I thought about doing a PhD but decided that after 2 years of studying painting, I wanted to get out there and do it! I watched as my peers settled in to their PhD studies and I was awed and even more convinced that a PhD was not for me. But as they say 'Never say Never' - and so I'm officially a PhD Candidate and the first semester starts on Monday and will last five years.
I'm a landscape painter and my work focusses on investigating the different ways of translating what I have seen and felt into paint. This is a page from my workbook and is in acrylic with collage and oil pastels.
I was delighted to welcome a studio visitor today - a lovely lady who fell in love with Restless Edge 5 (above). It's all wrapped up and on its way to its forever home. I was back in Pembrokeshire last week making studies as I walked the coastal path. There is so much there to inspire me and I'm looking forward to some studio time to make further pieces for the Restless Edge series.
Still Life, pears, jugs and mugs, opaque areas, layers, scraping back and discovering textures. Working onto small gessoed boards and in a series has brought about development in my process. Although I love landscape there are times when I need to change horses and investigate another genre. This recharges the creative batteries and has leads me to new ideas.
It has been a busy year for me and this looks to continue as I shall be showing new work in October with the Abstract Edge group in Shrewsbury. I'll post the details as soon as they are finalised.