A new painting that I have been working on for a while, based on an idea which took shape gradually in my mind. Memories of my time at St Martin’s (when the college was in Archway) and also of a lonely year spent in the depths of Southwark.
(Double-click image for better view.)
For me it’s something of a departure but I’m happy with the atmospherics of the picture.
People often ask me what I do, so I decided to get some business cards made… they’ve just arrived and I have to say, they do look lovely. How exciting. All the cards in little plastic boxes, too. So neat!
I also made some postcards…so keep a look-out for them.
At the moment I am beginning to work on a piece for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who happened to see my work in a surgery while visiting Bridport. I received an invitation to his house, deep in the Devon countryside. Hugh explained that he normally buys artwork from people he knows and likes, rather from just anyone with a reputation. Good start, I guess! It was lovely to meet his family.
The kitchen was long and big and as you would expect from a chef with a shelf of his own cookery books. Lots of jars and bottles and a lovely old oven, plus plenty of cooking utensils!
Hugh liked the idea of a family portrait looking as natural as possible with the family around the kitchen doing what they usually do – the kitchen being the place where they spend most of their time and where, unsurprisingly, there is plenty of interest in the culinary arts! While I was there, one of his boys began filleting a fish while the other prepared a pesto sauce.
I managed to get some good ideas and get some decent images and I really appreciate the free hand that I have been given to create my own work