|Dimensions||100 × 80 × 10 cm|
Of the few dozen pieces I paint each year there are a handful which I regard as really special. I consider New Light to be one of these works from 2017 which is reflected in the title. I had spotted a huge swathe of blackthorn blossom the day earlier and despite having only a small window of time I decided to return and capture it one evening in the falling light as I didn’t want to miss it while it was in full-bloom. Working at such speed is a risk and I find that I have to abandon as many pieces as I keep when they have been created in such a frenzy. Those that do make it however such as this piece can often turn out to contain such an amazing dynamic energy.
I really like the semi abstract nature of the piece, the close-up perspective which eliminates any horizon or sense of place and the raw, white canvas which becomes the blossom blurs the line between a sketch and a worked piece. To me, it feels like that dramatic explosion of spring, which can often happen regionally within a few days as the trees and bushes rush to dress themselves and all the greens are neon and translucent. The combination of washes and thick drips of paint interwoven with pacey, diagonal markmaking adds to my sense of accomplishment with this piece. Some days, the energy just flows in the right way and I love it when these fleeting moments are caught on canvas.