As a way to develope my abstract painting I have been doing collage inspired by sketches made in the landscape.
I started this pink abstract landscape painting last year applying some of the methods of abstraction that I had been using with the crowd movement paintings. Then in March I did a short course with the painter Simon Carter as tutor. He encouraged me to do a lot of new experimentation. This included using collage which wasn't something I'd used before. I found it to be a really useful /dynamic tool for creating abstract compositions. This helped me to finish the pink painting and I am continuing to use this now in my abstract paintings.
I was having trouble resolving one of the Downs Link paintings (image shown below) into the square format so decided to do another version, and I had a very specific feeling that I wanted to capture, very different from the previous painting. The pathway through the trees is the resulting painting. I later decided to apply the same approach to the beach/ seascape that I had been sketching in Goring.
Although I had been focusing on figurative landscape painting, I find that I am still fascinated by abstraction and so continued to work on the subject of representing the movement of people. These 2 canvases were started in 2016. Based on a set of photographs I had taken in Liverpool Street station and completed in early 2017.
As soon as the weather improved early on in the year, I restarted the Downs Link walk I had begun in 2016. Sketching along the walk anything that caught my eye. I worked from these sketches in the studio and began painting more of the series, all the time trying to develope my painting style.