As I strive to continually improve my art practice I have been exploring new methods of working. I started to do repeated sketches of one subject. In this case 2 trees. Focusing of different aspects of the place. The resulting work has become more layered, allowing more of the process to be evident on the canvas. I find that this gives the work additional life.
I decided to increase the size of my painting. The resulting diptych became the centerpiece of my stand at the Brighton Arts Fair. The subject matter and composition is a development of the urban crowd paintings I had done; incorporated some new ideas to suggest cctv surveillance.
I created a series of drypoint, collograph and carborundum prints based on sketches and studies that i had done over the year. The series was entitled 'Following Lines', part of my Brighton Arts Fair exhibition.
I was doing a lot of work on paper at this time, trying to push my sketched forms, looking for interesting forms and compositions. I was also trying to expand my palettes and experiment with paint application, variety of brushes and scraping.
I was working on small oil on canvas abstract paintings inspired by sketches and photographs taken of people moving through crowds.
Whilst sketching urban scenes in London, I was struck by how similar the patterns of marks I was creating to represent the people (moving through the space) were to the shoreline paintings I had been doing previously. This led me to develop some of these sketches, exploring the relationships between these marks.
I did a series of small paintings on board from sketches of the eroded chalk forms on the beach between Brighton and Seaford. The idea of the erosion led me to experiment with textured pastes, added to the board before painting, and applying the paint in layers and washes.
I was continuing to exploring abstraction in my work. I am always delighted when people interpret my paintings, bringing their narratives.