Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Castles made of sand, wee watercolour on paper, 2007

Here are a couple of wee paintings, earmarked for the Queens show, which opens on the 31st of March. I have just realised how little time I have and a slight wave of panic hit me while I was pushing around some paper in the studio. No more time for procrastination, I have 8 pieces lying around the studio from 3/4 finished, down to some little more than sketches, but, they all require immediate attention.

'Castles made of sand' (above) is named after a jimmy Hendrix song of the same name, which, (allegedly) was inspired by a trip to Essaouira in Morocco. The battlements and the town wall, which can be clearly seen in the painting, are not the same ones Hendrix refers to in his song. That is further south of the old town.

'Rickety blue', wee watercolour on paper

The eagle eyed amongst you will have notice the ragged edge around the watercolour. I have used the irregular edged paper for a little while and I like it. It reminds me of a piece of fresco which has been removed from a wall. It helps add to the textural qualities of the surface. 'Rickety blue' as a painting of an old door in Luca, Italy.