These photos are of the Blue Painting called So It’s You. I made it in the hot summer of 2018. It was a record-breaking heatwave of summer. It was sweltering by all accounts. I live on the Isle of Wight. Surrounded by the sea, so this felt like the best and coolest place to be.
Fortunate to have this inspiring space to work in for the summer, the Yoga studio belonged to erling. Yoga With its beautiful wooden floor and a great sound system, I had to keep it as clean as possible, which meant planning my creativity wisely. A big part of my creative process is finding a sense of freedom from which to create in myself. This situation can get pretty messy as I move intuitively through the painting process. So I used large plywood boards to cover the floor before starting my blue painting. Then I put a record on, and things began to happen.
Entering a huge bright space
I felt like I had been building up to this moment for a long time. My previous studio wasn’t huge or very light; however, I was pretty prolific in there. I was working through ideas in acrylic paint on paper and clarifying feelings through colour and pattern. So when I entered this huge, bright space, it felt like brilliant timing. I was ready to paint on this scale.
This gallery shows one of four reasonably large acrylic abstract paintings that I began during that period. The process started by working on the un-stretched canvas on the floor. I was moving around the canvas using a wash of acrylic paint in large sweeping movements. Later stretching it over a frame and gradually refining the painting. This one measures 190 x 140 cm.
A space for the viewer
The painting has a large, watery blue quality. People see or feel different things when they look at them, which are particular to them. I don’t tell people what I saw or thought when I made it; that doesn’t exist now. So it’s a space for the viewer to enter into for themselves.