I have chosen a peculiar angle for this painting, it was the combination of hard lines in perspective and the tiny flower heads with their spiny stems which seemed to come together this way. I really enjoyed discovering all the hues in the lilac paper and seeing them in contrast with the flowers colours. It was my first painting on paper where I was covering quite a lot of the area with paint. I remember feeling nervous about whether the paper would cope with my part wet/ part dry brush technique – but it did!
A little picture I painted over a couple of days this summer, I like the weight of a sunflowers head and its rough and ready appearance. They are not delicate or beautiful but they are quite stunning, we had a really huge crop of them this year.
I am so interested in painting fabric. I think its folds, crinkles and shadows are like an abstract painting in themselves, and I could look at it and paint it for hours! Quite pleased with the fabric in this painting.
This piece of wood is riddled with holes and it’s flaking and rotten. The textures were amazing and I kept being drawn back to it, so here it is on a plinth. I think the overall look is quite dramatic.