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Monday, 27 October 2008

Sunday, 26 October 2008

This is the third "edge of town"painting, the darks have been inhanced digitally, original is oil on card.
Second "Edge of town painting" I am interested in those areas where the town feathers off and the countryside begins.
This is a plain concrete , unpainted 1950s wall, I loved the bulging sculptural curve , the drain pipes, and the subtle patina. It is wonderfully banal and imposing.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

This was the first of a series of "edge of town " paintings, in which I have tried to paint the cusp space between urban and rural. I find ambiguity interesting as a way of delaying automatic labeling of spaces, hence hopefully triggering a deeper response in the viewer. The resulting painting is a bit too pretty , but is one of the very few I have done in this vein that does something like as it says on the tin.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Sunny, windy beach road

Many things attracted me about this scene, the optimistic1930s seaside house, and the way the sea is so rough it threatens the whole scene.
Oil on card 12" 6".

Porthgain Harbour.

This structure attracted me as it hovers between many common forms, is it a road? a wall? a building? Also liked the way the boats hang like dead fish at low tide.
Oil on card 20" by 12".

Penclawdd Wales.

Penclawdd, well known cockle fishing village used to be right next to sea, now theres a kind of void where the sea used to be, so the main character is offstage in space and time.
I suppose the implied absence of something is what attracted me to this scene. Its an idea I borrowed from Hopper.