Not having had a proper summer exhibition for a long while, there are loads of paintings I could have put in. However, I have limited myself to just a few key paintings that have not gone on public display (apart from this year's Friend's of the Ridgeway). I picked two acrylic and two oil paintings. The acrylic paintings are both from my imagination and show my fascination with composition and light and darkness. The oil paintings are from photographs, both with a lot of subtlety in colour shades and strong depth. Moreover, it was the "South from Skye" painting that really drove me to take part in this year's exhibition as I nearly didn't join. It missed out of going on public display when covid hit, and I really wanted people to see it for real. There is something very strange about that painting when you see it. The photograph is not quite the same.
I work mainly in oils and acrylics, looking for great compositions with plenty of depth and atmosphere. Many of my paintings are from my imagination which gives challenges but also cart blanche and the ability to pick whatever composition is going to work. At the same time, a photo with a great composition is also a delight to paint, I am always up for stretching my skills. More recently, I have been playing with VR - simply walk into my website and get lost. It has been very politely described as Alice-in-Wonderland. Primarily, it is a showcase for my paintings and gives a history for my more recent ones, showing the decisions made in producing them. However, it is really one big experiment.