Twenty years ago I stopped painting. Up to that point I had spent almost every day either drawing, painting, photographing or doing something that was art related. I studied art in every way and loved every moment of it.
Then, while at college, I got burnt out on it. The directions I could go did not seem very clear and the future seemed bleak. So, I packed up my paints and brushes and moved on. I did not look back once in those twenty years, a paintbrush was the last thing I wanted to have in my hand.
It came as a great surprise then when I decided to start drawing and sketching over the summer. Something just made me have to start again. This went on with various sketches and analytical drawings until a few weeks ago when I thought, damn it I need to try a painting again. The image above is the result.
Four hours of work to go from a blank canvas to the image of St Mary’s Island, North Tyneside has left me pretty damned pleased. It is a complete change from how I used to paint as well, more dynamic, energetic and full of life.
I deliberately restricted myself to four hours to complete it as I didn’t want it to drag on and on (it once took me eighteen months to finish a painting!). The whole thing was painted in acrylics on a 16 x 20 inch canvas.
Hope you enjoy the image and if you have any feedback I would be more than happy to hear it.