“The world is full of magical things – patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W B Yeats.
Here I am in early October – wondering why time passes so very quickly! Radio silence has been maintained over the last couple of months – purely because I’ve been so busy with my “64” project on top of an already pretty heavily committed summer. Actually, I have had a really productive (and intensive!) summer and have finally landed in the autumn with a lot of extra experience under my belt.
I’m always full of “good” ideas! The recent “64 pictures in 64 days” project being one that has tested me in lots of ways.
Above are thumbnails of the studies from Day 1 (28th July), Day 32 (28th August)and Day 64 (29th September). They illustrate aspects of my 64 day “journey” (as X Factor would no doubt describe it). Essentially, these are of the same view over our back fence across the water meadow by the river Waveney. It is a view that I love and one that constantly reminds me in times of stress how fortunate we are to live in such a delightful setting.
Various “painterly” things have evolved for me over the last couple of months of regular painting in a square format:
- I’ve become tidier “out in the field” – my paint mixing and general palette discipline has improved
- I cart far less stuff around with me (mostly using 6 tubes of paint as the basis of all the landscapes)
- I (mostly) work more efficiently than before – with less “fiddling about”
- I understand that almost any view makes a good subject for a study – this is all about learning to see
- I love oil paint even more than before
- I’m now even less inclined to work from photos than before
The full collection of 64 pictures is now in a dedicated album. Each 8″ x 8″ study was painted (and in one case drawn) directly in the landscape or from a still life set up in my studio. Aside from very minor bits of tidying up, they are untouched after the painting session in which they were created. Each picture was offered for sale at £64 (unframed + P&P). Several dates were reserved ahead of the painting being made and several sold after being posted each day to a Facebook page and Pinterest board I set up for the project. All currently unsold works will continue to be available at the “project” price for 64 days (’til 3rd December 2015) following my recent birthday on 30th September (the reason for the whole project in the first place!).