Having spent longer than anticipated doing the house (and still much to do) I’ve managed to shoe-horn a couple more commissioned pieces into the timetable. I am assured by She that decides these things that I shall be allowed more painting time in the coming weeks, so further progress on the waiting list ought to be apparent . . .
I worked on these two paintings contemporaneously, which helped to retain an element of freshness in both pieces, I think. Switching between the heat-soaked heather-clad summer moorlands and the crisp, clear wintertime scene of the seals and eiders made for interesting fluctuations in the artist’s mood. The seal painting was completed mainly at the new house which also meant ocassional assistance from youngest daughter Edie - that's her doing some underpainting in the photo;
The Grouse Moor – Acrylic on canvas, 34” x 26”
Seal Cove - Acrylic on canvas, 40” x 20”