Sell. Redo. Discard.
I’ve been hauling paintings out from cupboards and deciding which ones to sell, which to keep and which to discard.
Some of the paintings were done quite some years ago and many are truly awful, and fit only to be discarded or painted over. In those days I didn’t use the best materials and so some are impossible to recycle. But some I actually still like. I started painting seriously again back in 2012 after a long break and it’s interesting to see the different styles and subject matters. I had always thought it was a disjointed progression but now see how all those hundreds of paintings/sketches/scrawls have lead directly to what I’m doing today. Nothing is ever wasted.
These are all from around 2012/2014
There’s been a lot of sketching this year and I haven’t even been anywhere.
In days of yore, when we’d not even heard of the phrase ‘social distancing’, I would go out, ‘sans mask’ and draw stuff, all over the place. But this year, it’s mainly been local places and just plain ‘imaginative’ work. I’ve loved filling little ‘field note’ sized books as well as A5s.
There was even a day when boats were drawn and Guinness drunk. And Old Lady Teabag patiently waited.
As a long time fan of the artist John Piper, I'm on a mission to draw the places he painted. When I say 'mission', I'm dramatising of course and in these current times, there's no dashing off anywhere, let alone across country to draw a church. Happily however, several places are in my neck of the woods and Covehithe ruin is one of them. It's a massive ruined church, with a small church built inside it, on the very edge of the fast eroding Suffolk coast. It's spectacular.
If you're interested in John Piper, there's an episode of the South Bank Show on YouTube, early 80s where he draws this very place, so I was pleased to stand in his footsteps and sketch. The sky was immensely obliging that day, too and put on quite a show.