Over the past few months, I’ve been busy working on a series of paintings titled “Beneath Darkening Skies”.
These paintings have been heavily influenced by visits to the coast over the winter period when the skies seem to begin to darken shortly after midday.
Perhaps it seems strange to some, but I love the shorter-days and the darkening skies of winter. For me, the darkness of winter speaks of huddling around the fireplace with a hot mug of coffee and a good book after a long walk along the beach.
From an artistic perspective, I find the fading light of winter fascinating. The Scottish word “gloaming” springs to mind, that time just before darkness sets in – not quite day but not quite night, a threshold of time, a transition from one state to another.
This transitional state is reflected in my own life at the moment. After a couple of years of uncertainty, this year feels as if a new and more hopeful rhythm is beginning to pulse. On reflection maybe my paintings aren’t actually an emotional response to the transition of light to dark but rather the other way round.
I’ll be adding details of these paintings to my website here over the upcoming weeks.