My latest painting, “Daybreak”, is a little looser than my previous paintings. For this one I had no reference other than distant memories of looking out at the sea on early mornings, not yet able to distinguish in the growing light the defining line between the sea and the sky.
Again, I’m increasingly attempting to paint intuitively rather than analytically. This is a huge leap for me and a complete move away from my previous work in ink and watercolour. One of the steps in moving forward with my painting is letting go of control. I know that when a painting isn’t going quite right it’s usually because I’m over thinking things, analysing and basically trying just too damn hard to make it work!
So after struggling with trying to make this painting work I gave up on it. The canvas was put to one side basically to be used as a practice board at a later date. So what began as a spontaneous practice piece evolved into a piece more about doing rather than thinking, a result of what resides inside rather than looking outward.