Tag Archives: abstract paintings

Blue series day 8


'Nocturnes 5'. Mixed media on 20x16" canvas

‘Nocturnes 5’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

P1300755 P1300756





More experimentation with the volcano inspired painting today, using acrylic, black dylon dye pigment, ground charcoal, salt and varnish. I’ve decided to call this series ‘Nocturnes’ as they’re not strictly speaking blue.

I’m off now for a walk up Edinburgh’s extinct volcano since it’s unusually sunny today

Blue series day 6

'Old Books, Gosford House'. Mixed media on 20x16" canvas

‘Old Books, Gosford House’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

'Blue 3'. Mixed media on 20x16" canvas

‘Blue 3’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

'Blue 4'. Mixed media on 20x16" canvas

‘Blue 4’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

I finally managed to get around to more work on the paintings above today after myriad interruptions and a cold!

I’ve added more detail to Blue 3 after Atzi (the composer I’m collaborating with) commented that the lights reminded him of a ship. I didn’t want it to take too much away from the abstract areas, and hopefully it suggests ship lights without losing spontaneity. Blue 4 has been enhanced simply with colour and I think I’m happy with it now.

Old Books, Gosford House was worked on from photos and sketches taken while visiting the house, which is in Longniddry on the east lothian coast. The house itself is well conserved but I found these abandoned books alongside piles of broken sculptures in a semi ruined building that was probably part of the original stables. It has nothing to do with the more abstract blue/black paintings, but it’s one I’ve been meaning to work on for a few months, and it’s a nice change of colour to work with!