Sketch for "Winterton"
I have officially completed the 15th painting in the series of wooden boats! Each piece is named after the location where I found the boat. A lot of travel was involved locating wooden boats which are rare these days, with fibreglass boats and outboard motors being the norm.
Its been pretty solid painting since June to produce this series. Each painting is 30" x 40" and completed using a palette knife only. The benefit in using a knife is that it does hasten the painting time, but each piece takes its own sweet time in coming together. I can produce anywhere from one in a two week period or one a month, depending on complexity. I just never know until I'm well into the piece how long it will take. Of course deadlines work wonders for concentration...
#15 - so much grass!
I've also been working on the book of sketches that will accompany the series and hope to have that finished in February, ready for print. As I received a grant from NLAC to complete this project, I also need to do a final report and submit it before I can call the project finished.
Sketch for "Lower Battery"
The wooden boat series will be exhibited in a solo show at Peter Lewis Gallery in June. I've kept the paintings hidden except for glimpses here and there as I don't want them revealed until the opening. Its frustrating for me not to share them with you as its what I do constantly in process and finished pieces.
Crop of "St. Philips"
In addition to the series, I continue to produce small paintings and drawings that are often available on Etsy. They're my break between paintings to let me work on different subjects. But now, I can get started on that collection of ideas and subjects that have been waiting in the wings for months!
There are still a couple of weeks left in my Waifs & Stray Sale to snap up original art at affordable prices.
Art workshops in drawing and painting begin again in March. You can find out more and register online