It's been a while since I last added to this blog, and I'm afraid that's because I've been a bit busy! Thankfully, I've now got a bit more time so I thought I'd let you know how things were going. I've sold a couple of works in the last week and I've exhibited a few more - don't know how they will get on as they're in a new environment for me, the Findhorn Foundation Art Centre. I'll see how they get on! Just now I find myself with only one commission in the pipeline, and that means more time to work on the projects I've been wanting to have a go at for a while. This painting, 'Long Cast', is a study of one of the Findhorn River's quieter moments. It's a magical place where I really wanted to capture the contrast between the rich, dark colours of the water and the bright rocks! I've had this sketch and photos sat on my desk for weeks - it's great to get it done. The sharper eyed amongst you may notice a simplification of the style too, especially the background trees, which I'm pleased with. They aren't the subject matter, and I didn't want them in focus, so they aren't. On the other hand, they still provide a band of colour and backdrop which the eye is prepared to accept as real. I think the balance was OK.
Here's another I'm pleased with. Roseisle Forest is somewhere my family have enjoyed since my daughters were toddlers, and I've always been fascinated with the play of light on and between the trees. I guess the reason that there's a couple close together and their dog in attendance is very personal, but that's OK - it reflects my own resonance with this place. I love this painting. When I planned it, the framing effect of the uprights and the strong horizontal shadows were always planned to frame the centre of interest. What I've really enjoyed from seeing the finished work is the rhythm set up between those verticals and horizontals. They echo each other in the foreground but separate in the background, where the trees become more of a backdrop and the shadows become closer together but fainter to give a sense of distance and reinforce the illusion of depth. It's great to be painting again, and I hope to be adding more in the days ahead. Take care! Rob.
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.