‘From Conival, May’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2011, 30 x 30 cm
I’ve revisited this scene a number of times both at a larger 80 x 80 cm size and as with this painting at the 30 x 30 cm size. It is based on the view we had looking NW from the rugged stone strewn back of Conical. This series of paintings though have gradually become more abstract and in this one I’ve tried to make the marks much bolder and enhance the colours. I quite like this little piece and may well go on to paint further versions of it. Anyway, the reason for including it this week is that this morning Mike Wheatley of the Jolomo Foundation visited my studio to collect a painting from me. I, along with the other artists involved in the three Jolomo Awards for Scottish Landscape Painting, were asked if we would donate a piece of work for the Foundations collection. I was really pleased to be asked and as they requested smaller works, decided to send this piece.
It’s amazing, I won the Jolomo Award in 2009, but the benefits continue. As I’ve said in various blogs, I’m using this year to put all my efforts into really developing my work …the award is allowing me to do this without my bank manager getting upset!