A tradition that is forming in the strange zone between Christmas and new years is the stash shop. This is where I get out and go through all my paintings, drawings, sketches and other works in part to tidy them up but also to remind myself what I've got. There are always a few pieces I'd forgotten about and am pleasantly surprised to see.
I do quite a bit of sketching just in front of the t.v, sketching whateer happens to be lying around. One of my favourite things to use is charcoal pencil (which is what I've used here). What I'm please about here are bothe the quality of the figurative sketches but also the abstract cake type thing in the middle. This is entirely concucted as there has been no such cake in the house. I also like how it works as a composition. I also have no memory at all of doing it. This is a common theme.
Some pictures photograph well and others don't. This is a subject that interests me quite allot. David Hockney for example photographs well where as Caravagio does not. The top left corner of this painting is in fact green. It is acrylic on acrylic paper. Lots of lumpy accrylic. Once I found this I did in fact remember doing it back at Cockpit arts. Lumping yellow orange and green acrylic onto each other. It is a very colourful piece and quite unlike my usual style.
I'm not sure how I think about this one. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I think it is rubbish. As in the above one it looks better in person as it where. It is oil on acrylic paper, done at great speed. It is a a Left Over Painting, but I can no longer recall which painting I did it afterwards, whatever it was I must have had a substantial amount of red left and was feeling in somber mood.
One of the things that slightly obsesses me is stone circles. I have never been there but one of the places that looms large in my imagination is Avebury. The above is a painting, again in acrylics of a phote of Avesbury stone circle, or part of it anyway. The whole thing is miles across. There are two things that I am particularly proud of, the textures of the stones and the pink sky.
Nice to be re-united with these pieces. I was also plesently suprised by just how much I'd produced in the last year.
William John Mackenzie
I am an artist with a specialism in landscapes and still life. My contact details are here.