Oil on Linen
8″ x 20″
I recently enjoyed a bbq in the beautiful country garden of a charming house in the lovely surroundings of the North Norfolk countryside. The husband of an artist friend of mine was there and conversation between three or four of us led to her pending exhibition which was opening the following week.
A chap, who has himself just begun painting, asked me “Are you going to the exhibition to check out what your competition has been up to?” My competition? I was taken aback – only last year me and the artist in question had collaborated in a joint open studios event! The idea of there being ‘competition‘ in art is to my mind an alien concept, I have experienced nothing but help and cooperation amongst artists that I come into contact with. In the very early days of my painting career I was particularly lucky to have tons of help from Brian Martin and David Murphy. I like to think that wherever I can I always help other artists. We are not competitors we are community and it is from that standpoint that we support each other and collectively improve.
This painting is the biggest still life I have painted for years. This was a challenge which I enjoyed and Its been interesting for me to see what the impact of regularly painting smaller pictures has had both in terms of composition and execution. I’ll take this theme forward now with a series of larger paintings.