“Welcome to our Highland studio and this Masterworks reveal in which we introduce my suite of four oil paintings, inspired by our day spent at an impromptu Bonspiel in 2009 (a curling get-together).
METHOD & TECHNIQUE - each figure-packed painting was worked in ‘miniature’ style, varying in size, from what we term a Grande Miniature, down to something a lot smaller; each composition based on different criteria. These are paintings filled with light - the whole spectrum of light - offered by the low-lying sun of this Mid-Winter day.
As you will note in this reveal, the traditional techniques I employ in my oil paintings involve a succession of layers. With each layer the overall colour and balance across the entire painting is refined, in order that I can achieve the impression of space and light which I am aiming for. Layering is essential - it allows the initial build-up of texture through to the finer layers of glazes and tints. Not only this, it allows the gradual build-up of colours, from dark to light and the finishing touches of absolute highlights.
There is absolutely no rushing this process, it requires meticulous attention and considerable patience; for the paint surface must be discovered and explored - it cannot be contrived.
This is what makes painting particularly exciting for me and especially so in using traditional techniques. The result is almost inevitably a discovery, an unexpected delight that can be exploited and it is this element of the unexpected that drives me to push the limits of my work.
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SUBJECT - in the first year of our relocation to the Northern Highlands of Scotland and along with the rest of the UK, we were gripped by the unfolding excitement of a little-known sport that was being revealed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, that being the long-established sport of Curling – resulting in a Gold medal won by the British team.
The term ‘curling’ comes from the curl of the stone as it slides across the ice and although around for at least 500 years; the sport itself had only returned to the Olympics four years earlier, after a break of some 70 years.
The term Bonspiel describes the gathering of clans or alliances in a tournament and mostly these are now held indoors, or on specially constructed outdoor rinks. As such, an outdoor Bonspiel is now becoming an even rarer sight and is precisely what we had resigned ourselves to. For although a subject on the list of paintings to include in my ‘Spirit of the Highlands’ collection, we had all but given up any hope of chronicling such an event – that is, until in the last days of 2008, upon overhearing a chance remark from one of the local curlers at a social gathering.
Which is how, a couple of days later (the first days of 2009), we found ourselves invited to witness an outdoor Bonspiel on one of the frozen fields of Morvich farm, in Sutherland, where members from a number of clubs were busily clearing the snow and preparing the ice for their required sheets (the playing area).
As you can imagine, we were delighted to have been asked along and this suite of paintings is the result of that day’s event.
We thank you for reading and watching and send you best wishes from Eileen and myself,”
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