The Dark Turmoil

The Dark Turmoil

Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give.
Ted Hughes

This is a new painting, that came out of nowhere. I was frustrated with my painfully slow progress on two canvasses that I’ve been working on since the summer. I decided to try working differently, by not squaring up the image, not adhering closely to the reference material, and not trying to make it look like a photograph. It was the mood I was after. For my ‘canvas’ I used the wooden panel back of an old clip frame, coated it with matt emulsion, and then quickly strated sketching in pencils. I worked very quickly, slapping the paint on, and in less than a week it was finished. I’m very pleased with the results, and it’s given me newfound confidence in the work I hope to complete before the end of the year.

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