The subject matter for this still life just leapt into my picture! It became almost completely abstract as it began to take shape, although if you look carefully you will see the shapes of the little rabbit, the duck and the petals of some of the flowers. I played around with the perspective quite a lot so as to flatten the shapes within the picture to enhance the abstract qualities of it.
I have always challenged myself to sketch something and to paint a picture everyday. This is the very best way for an artist to improve their work. These small paintings, mostly in oils, are some of the results of my endeavours. Painted on gessoed mountboard, these tiny paintings were a real challenge, as it is far easier to work on a large surface in an expressive way.
Caught on camera painting plein air as usual, I was amused when my friend showed me this picture and decided it was so atmospheric with such a good composition I just had to paint it! The balance of complementary colours and the contra jour theme is central to this paintings’ success.
As a diver, one of my favourite sights underwater is the sighting of an ocopus. So hard to discover and so very brilliantly clever, they are however exceedingly inqisitive…often unfortunately resulting in their demise! This one was captured by my son…on camera!