One final picture to complete for the Exhibition. This is a large elongated landscape using Chinese brushes and ink. So today I have had the “paper roll challenge“! Yes some paper can be very difficult to handle and a large roll (1m wide and 10m long) is such a case in point.
However the paper challenge is small in comparison with the painting itself!! I have 6 or 7 versions of this painting already and each one just does not quite make the mark.
I am attempting to capture the simplest of “motifs” of the local Borders landscape using a range of different size Chinese brushes. I now know why it takes years to become a master of this technique. It is like a meditation. You have to prepare yourself before you commit the brush to paper; a kind of inner calm with resolve. There is no re-working possible. It is all in the spontaneous moment the brush glides across the paper and makes its mark.
Perhaps I should take note of the message above the roof light ……………. or our cat Horace’s approach to life in the summer in the hammock!