Porthleven 47 900 Copy'Porthleven 47 - (Rose Harbour)'  75x65cms  oil on canvas  2020



We have colour & place, sensuous shapes and a storm gathering force...

Abstract as a verb, not a label. A painting sourced in reality & memory, information and imagination, with the ambition of finding the elusive 'new'...

The fragile boat on the bottom edge enters the rose-pink harbour sanctuary, secured/controlled by the strength of the top to bottom zig-zaggy line. On a flat grey ground, the harbour switches from line to shape, from black to pink, with the entrance moving from top to bottom, framed by red (port) and green (starboard) lights...

There is freedom in this piece. Appropriately, the final stages were painted listening to a favourite album, Joni Mitchell's 'Song to a Seagull', with its metaphors of seagulls and seaside and freedom. This album has been a constant in my career, ever since I packed my bags for art college...

'My dreams with the seagulls fly
Out of reach
Out of cry'

 (Joni Mitchell, 'Song to a Seagull')


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