As you can't have helped but notice and I have blogged about before here and here, I have an exhibition coming up on 19th August and preparations are coming along at speed. I spent earlier this week putting posters and fliers up around Stoke Newington, more of that later.
For now a preview of the works I've had framed. So above is one of my Palette knife paintings, it is called Pinta. There are three more below Migrations patterns, The Tree, and Train Journey in the Rain.
Switching media are these patterns done with gouache patterns done on watercolour paper. I have lots of these. I do them as a sort of therapy and relaxation in the evening and I have loads of the. I have chosen the best of them to be framed to go in the show.
Plants, I like plants, I like looking at them and painting at them, particularly the unusual ones and these two, the Fungus and the Carnivorous Plant. Do you like the frames? My Dad got them for me.
I've only been painting for about 3 years and yet there are already paintings I had forgotten I'd done, like this night street scene which my Dad liked and took home with him and has returned for the exhibition. It is better than I remember. You may also recognise the Vase of Flowers from the fliers.
Roads and Canals, a frequent theme in my present work. The left had one is a semi abstract picture of the Regent's Canal and the right hand picture a lane in Cornwall, just outside Newlyn.
One of the main purposes of the show is to see what of my work people prefer so I have also thrown in some more random pieces such as the paintings of soldiers (the title will have to remain a secret for now) and the watercolour still life and ink flowers. Ink is a recent discovery and one I have yet to master.
Finally there is a grid of 9 smaller paintings. I think the pen (top left) looks best in its shiny new frame closely followed by the centre tiger moth.
Finally I have a bit of a challenge if anyone is reading and lives in Stoke Newington. I have put up three posters on Stoke Newington Church Street. They are all inside various establishments. If you post on social media a selfie of you in front of one of them you can get £5 off any purchase. Manage all 3 and you can have free unframed pattern gouache picture. Don't forget to tag me in somehow so I know
William John Mackenzie
I am an artist with a specialism in landscapes and still life. My contact details are here.