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It's About Time

It's About Time

Painting is kind of a mad thing to do. Being an electrician or baker has obvious merit. Being a doctor is almost saintly. Being an abstract painter seems an inch away from being seen as a causality of society. Being a poet is probably worse, but I don’t know many poets so I can’t say for sure...

An Italian Water Scene

An Italian Water Scene

Painting is a moving thing. Describing that movement with words is difficult. I hope I can capture the major twists and turns of this piece with the help of some studio shots taking over whenever the words conk out. The canvas is Belgian linen. The scent of Belgian linen is up there in my pantheon of all-time favourite smells. It’s the olfactory equivalent of a cockerel crowing in the morning. A little bit of oil paint and it’s gone. I left the canvas untouched for weeks to hold on to that scent and packed it when I left for Italy last summer...

Shape Shadow Dreams

Shape Shadow Dreams

It probably sounds a bit iffy when I say that something came to me in a dream but last night something did. When I walked passed my paintings this morning an image I dreamt about came back to me. I ran over, took up a dirty oil paint brush and sketched it on the back of a canvas. Later, over coffee, I sketched the motif a ...