Almost award-winning art, fresh from the wilds of Surrey

Summer Shade

I thought I’d see what happened if I turned the colour right up to 10 – I had with the sky a few times previously but this is the first time I really celebrated the colour green as it’s always been the set set of colours I find most difficult to use. These paintings are also part of a slightly pointless ongoing argument wth a couple of other artists about whether black has in place in a painting in a world in which the Impressionists happened; they say no it dulls everything, I say yes, it makes everything brighter and more dazzling. I had fired a few shots their way with previous projects (some of the Runnymede Ghosts paintings for example) but this was where I really made my point 😉 They are highly unusual in that they are far brighter in the flesh than they are on screen. When making things this bright the big challenge is simply keeping everything working together rather than letting elements compete with each other.