The Gift

The Gift - Rik Rawling 2016

I painted this for my wife, for Christmas 2016. She took the photograph during a trip to Pembrokeshire in early summer 2015 and ever since I’d been promising to make a painting of it. Whilst I acknowledge that it’s a bad worker who blames his tools I have had to constantly battle with the unpredictability and unreliability of my materials during the making of this painting, which is why it took most of this year to complete. As uncharacteristically bright and colourful as it is, I am pleased with the results, but you can rest assured that normal service will be resumed with the next painting, which I’ve already started.

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