Its been a while since I posted, the cold I picked up in January hit me harder than I liked, guess the immune system took a hammering from the chemo/radio. Still, I’ve been able to get back into the studio quite a lot over the last fortnight, and whilst I’m not back to my best, have managed to complete one piece and get a good start on another.
I’ve been working my way back in to painting after a very long lay-off (has it really been six months since I started a new piece!). To begin with, I’m working on two small – for me anyway – pieces. One is a commission due in a month, the other a 75 x 50cm piece that is now finished. I started it last week, but was unhappy with the underpainting, so have done a lot of reworking in the last three days. It has been interesting working out how much of my struggle to control the paint is due to rustiness, and how much to the strange feelings in my fingers that are a hangover from the radiotherapy, but I’m reasonably happy with the result.
Shipyard Ghosts presents another imagining of the debris of the Industrial Age, populated by the ghosts of the workers who gained employment from it. This figurative element has featured more often in my work over the last 18 months, and I am getting happier with it stylistically, so expect to see more in the future. The painting can currently be seen in the Rotherham Art Show, at the old market hall in Rotherham centre.
Thanks for your interest 🙂 John