Fifth painting of this subject. Had difficulty with the yellow parts, had to do a few layers to get the correct look. A lot of hard work.
This place is about two miles from home. When I was small I’d pass it everyday heading to and from primary school. Some of my father’s mother’s ancestors are buried here. The church is an old 17th century Protestant church. This is the third painting of a graveyard I’ve done. Snow is a rare thing where I live so it’s featured in only a handful of my paintings. I had trouble doing the tree over on the far left and the walls of the church, they slowed me down a lot. Once I was on the bottom third of the painting I raced through it. The light coloured shadows of dirty purple and light blue were satisfying to paint.
This is the third painting I’ve done on this subject. The background is actually dark green rather than black. These briar leaves were the first ones I found when I was walking in Rostellan Wood, which is the same place that I sourced the briar leaves used in the first two paintings.
Painted from life. I had to make an arrangement of various autumnal nuts and leaves and referred off of it. I wanted to keep the arrangement loose, and have a circular effect to go with the swirling, vortex-like background. Used Payne’s Grey for the first time, in the background. Satisfied with the overall result.
This church ruin stands a few miles from home. I was particularly pleased with how the direct sunlight and the cold shaded headstones came out. It took 3 weeks to paint.
My mother suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a painful, auto-immune disease. Over time, it has distorted her joints, making them bulge. I found it a compelling subject for painting. I spent about a week doing this in February 2006 when I was 23. This painting got a lot of favourable attention during my first exhibition in 2011.