After many, many years, my studio re-furbishment was long overdue, as were changes to the storage areas in the main house. What a job! Anyone who has undergone a “clearout” after 30 years being in one place will understand exactly what I mean. New racking units of industrial scale have been fitted and my seascape paintings, other oil paintings, watercolours and dozens of sketch books are presently being relocated.
It is interesting finding lots of “old friends”, oil paintings from years ago from locations such as Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Portugal, India and Morocco. This is my history and a record of my work over the last half century.
Old drawings, ripped from larger sheets of paper, scribbles on serviettes, notes on envelopes…….all contributed to the many images in my head that became oil paintings or watercolours. Looking through them now is like being whisked back over the decades in a similar way that photographs do, only with a more personal and excitingly vivid impact. I made those notes, those scribbles, those shorthand symbols that indicate time of day, direction of light. I didn’t just take a photo. I studied the subject closely, marking details about mood, colours and smells, light and shade……how a particular location felt to me. The impression. The indefinable thing that caught my eye and made me want to paint that subject.
Amongst the groups of paintings in storage, I found the wonderful images of the Seychelles, a commissioned collection I was asked to produce over 2003/4. After the Seychelles Collection Exhibition, in London, these paintings came back to the studio and have remained there ever since. Now is the time to let them breathe again. Here is one of the most beauriful and impressive, “Fly Fishing On Alphonse”. At 52″ x 44″, this is a magnificent and impressive piece, giving the impression of looking right out over the flats with the fishermen patiently waiting in one of the world’s top bone-fishing locations.
To find out more about this or other Seychelles oil paintings, contact me directly. There will be other similar images posted over the next few weeks.