It’s very nearly spring and although not completely out of hibernation mode yet I’m getting there. The sun has shone these past few days and the temperature has risen. I have even ventured out of doors without the compulsory beeny hat, gloves, thick scarf and coat. Only, I hasten to add to get in the coal for the fire. But hey, it’s a start.
Although not having been sociable for the past couple of months doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping myself busy. Just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean there was no news.
In fact these past few months have proved a turning point for me. More on that later.
I sold 3 paintings at the Thoresby Art Gallery in the run up to xmas.
Although it then took them until Febuary to pay me, and only then, because I dropped them an e-mail.
I completed to my satisfaction the goal I had set myself.
And although I didn’t actually finish 50 paintings in the style I had set, I most certainly did start them.
It gave me time to focus. It gave me the time to realise that although I do like to paint these sort of abstracts, I don’t love it I faff.
Me thinks, I faff too much.
So although I will not completely abandon this style, I need to concentrate my efforts on other things for a while.
A chance conversation with one of my daughters made me realise that I was going down the wrong track and I needed to back pedal a little. I made a statement about the shapes I am using in my abstracts relate in part to the shapes of the new buildings that are going up in London. The shapes. That’s it. I needed to look at the bigger picture.
So I am, I suppose doing somewhat of a U-turn. I did a poll some time ago. Well, now I come to think of it. It is probably getting on for a few years. I asked, from a list, which of my paintings were most likely to be of interest. The abstracts didn’t get a look in. It wasn’t the result I wanted. So I ignored it and carried on.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy painting my still lifes, landscapes and portraits. I had this notion that they were a bit twee. (I was obviously going through a stage that I seemed to have got stuck in) They may have been twee but they are hanging on many walls.
Well, twee is making a come back.
I won’t be publishing any images of the new work quite just yet. I have to get to grips with an old style and a couple of new techniques.
I’ll be back…………. just watch this space.