Against The Sky (2018)

I’ve gone on about Kes / A Kestrel For A Knave enough times by now to feel I no longer need to explain myself. Suffice to say that they are my spirit animal, and always seem to make their presence felt when I need my perspectives realigned. What I will say about this painting is that it was made on the same canvas where I made my disastrous landscape that featured in the Sky Arts programme from 2017. An interesting experience, but not one I’d be inclined to repeat, and how satisfying it was to sand off that shambles of an art job and make something much more aligned to my sensibilities, with no pressure to “deliver” in 4 hours, and without the gaze of strangers over your shoulder. This painting now hangs on a wall, somewhere in the East Midlands.

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