Flowing Abstracts Gallery

With the flowing abstract pictures, I allow the painting to develop of its own accord, more than with any other paintings I have done before.

Each one starts with a palette and an idea or at least an emotion. From then on, the painting is improvised. As it progresses, the form becomes clearer, and I can begin to make more aesthetic decisions. I try to let the picture blend into itself in a natural or organic way. This seems to me to be a wonderful method of combining the expression of my subconscious with my conscious aesthetics.


Wildlife

Wildlife
2007, 76x61cm, 365

Bird Man's Dream

Bird Man's Dream
2007, 76x61cm

Octopus

Octopus
2007, 76x61cm, 350

Tiger Sky

Tiger Sky
2008, 76x61cm, 365

In July 2007, I completed all the paintings I had been working on, and made a point of not starting new ones, so that I would not have any waiting to be completed when I was otherwise occupied with my new baby, due in early August.

It was a beautiful day and I was outside enjoying the sunshine. The sky was such an incredible blue that I felt compelled to paint it - the swirling pattern includes the yellow and high contrast of the sunshine in the garden. I brought a canvas outside and painted it flat on the lawn. There was blue paint on the grass for weeks.

Of course, when my son was born, I did leave the painting, and it was six months before I could complete it.

Spring Vortex

Spring Vortex
2008, 76x61cm, 350

Autumn Vortex

Autumn Vortex
2007, 61x51cm

Fury Lays Waste

Fury Lays Waste
2007, 76x101cm, 465

At its best, the human race ideally tries to deal with the world with tolerance and reason. We would like to be fair to all, resolving injustice with a civilised, sensible approach. There is, however, a primal rage bubbling beneath the surface of this enlightened facade. Many people lack the character to suppress the instinctive, vicious, and potentially violent side to our nature.

I think that I am quite good at not being ruled by my emotions in this way, but nevertheless, that fury is always there, and I often feel the desire to tear down the injustice and stupidity I see around me. This is what I was thinking about when I painted this picture; my primitive rage erupting from me and destroying everything I despise, but leaving a wasteland in its wake.

Although I am pleased with the finished painting, I think it came out a bit too jolly and colourful for what is essentially a very dark subject.

A Struggle

A Struggle
2007, 101x76cm, 450

A certain amount of mental turmoil accompanies a rich inner life

A certain amount of mental turmoil accompanies a rich inner life
2009, 101x76cm, 450