The Royal Academy sent out a note inviting me to enter this years Summer Exhibition.
I have entered a paintings every year for the last 4 years and have decided to pass this year.
I have not painted anything new since we moved house and I have little faith in my previous works as the ones that were entered were rejected.
This isn't to say that I am put off entering again. I simply need to find time to sort out room in the house for my material and to get the inspiration and time to paint once again.
You can find out more about the Summer Exhibition here.
You can view some of my paintings on the Saatchi website.
I’ve spent an hour or two putting more detail into my painting of Wells. I don’t think I will do much more after this than add the figure that stands on the shoreline looking out to sea.
As for the progress of the beach and the sky, I am really happy.
It’s a shame I didn’t get the opportunity to do this sooner but I am glad I held off as I was in just the right frame of mind to continue.
This could be the quickest painting I have ever completed!
Ok so I wasn’t feeling the love when I got in but some Pet Shop Boys on iTunes, a mail from a good friend and a hearty meal woke me up.
I’ve decided to paint out the blacks and take some artistic license with the base of the painting.
I got quite a rhythm going with the reds and yellows (covering my arm in paints in the process)
I’m going to stop here and let it dry throughly for a few days before staring again. I’m in danger of making the sun bigger with every new coat!
I like the proportions now, the colours feel vibrant enough. I need to come back and layer the mist at the bottom before labelling out the sky (which I kind of hate at this point)
It’s not a million miles from where I want it to be but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t repaint it at least once an annoy myself for painting over something good!
I’m relying on you to tell me when to stop!