This 2-day workshop at Creek Creative will tackle the enduring subject of the Still-Life but as always there will be twists and challenges along the way.
I have found in my still-life work that I seem to be able to tell what objects are important to me by what tends to stay in the painting as it develops' Richard Diebenkorn
In my own practice, 'Still-Life' is rare - I was probably traumatised by having to paint my first ever still-life on my art college interview! In the early nineties though I painted collections/arrangements of pebbles,stones and shells, fused with landscape. Appropriately, with the workshop in Faversham, these paintings from the early nineties, are about nearby Whitstable, a favourite place where I lived during my time at Canterbury College of Art.
'Tankerton' depicts standing on 'The Street', the strange shingle strip that is revealed at low-tide, looking back towards a pink-beach and green slopes of Tankerton.
|'Whitstable' 120x60cms oil on wood|
Looking towards the Isle of Sheppey, carved out of the paint, my favourite objects grouped in the foreground.
|detail - 'Whitstable'|
|'Black-Beach' 80x80cms oil on wood|
Brian Sewell writes in the Observer Magazine 10 Feb 1991:
|'Pebble/Shell/Stone' 20x60cms oil on wood|
I remember sculptor John Gibbons liking these....
|'Beach' 180x60cms oil on paper|
The 1st year painting that kept me in art-college, when i finally let go of photographic imagery. I think I have this rolled up somewhere- maybe... it's oil on paper!