My Favourite Time of the Year
I love summer. The clear blue skies. The warmth. The dappled shade. And especially the flowers – all the vibrant colours and exuberance. The simple pleasure of going outside into my wild garden to see what new gem has opened overnight fills my soul with joy. There is something almost spiritual about looking about me, breathing in the fresh air, and just being in the open, verdant space. This summer I am painting a select, limited series of poppy paintings that reflect this connection. I hope my paintings can convey what my words cannot fully express. Enjoy!
Oil and Cold Wax
Cold wax medium is a mixture of white unbleached beeswax and odourless mineral spirits. When mixed, it gives oil paint a buttery consistency for painting thickly with texture, and hastens the drying time. I use palette knives and have developed a few distinctive painting methods including mosaic, contour, and layering. These methods can all be combined in one painting or used on their own depending on how the subject speaks to me.