The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that it is almost four years to the day since my last blog post.
I’d kept a blog on one platform or another for at least ten years. Blogger, Tumblr, a little dabbling with WordPress and even custom coded sites created by my own hand had been used to post my thoughts on design, illustration and art in general. Some of these posts were peppered with more personal, design related insights into my own life and, occasionally, I’d post my own work in progress updates and final finished pieces. These were not paintings, however. These posts usually related to my design work, both graphic and web design. Later posts revealed that my passion for screen printing and my posts were written to reflect my progress in learning the process of screen printing
And then I hit a bump in the road.
I don’t honestly know what happened. Priorities changed and life got in the way, I guess. In late 2014 we moved home. I was lucky that I had room in my garden to build a studio (that’s not as grand as it sounds) and I had every intention of utilising it to the fullest extent. But my progress was slow directionless. Sometimes too much creative energy can be a bad thing. Too many ideas, so many new things to try.
And so I took a step back to reevaluate.
I had not painted for years. Proper, actual fine art type of painting. So I though, why not give it a shot.
My first attempt was a picture for my wife at Christmas 2016. It was a, somewhat stylised, painting of a horse executed in oils with a pallet knife. Don’t ask me why I chose to use a knife as I had never used this tool before. Talk about putting on extra pressure.
The painting turned out ok, my wife loved it. And it was a start.
Over the past year or so I’ve been painting as and when I can and the studio has become my second home (albeit one that’s a bit chilly during the winter months). Landscapes have become my ‘thing’ as well as a little abstract work to shake things up a bit.
So I’m back. Let’s see what happens.