I believe all artist grow and evolve throughout their careers, and often the changes are minimal and seamless, a natural progression. However, my recent evolutionary step in my own work has been quite dramatic, and I have to admit that although I KNOW I’m going in the right direction and doing what I’m meant to be doing (and am happier than ever doing so), but it’s also a bit scary!
I keep thinking of this quote from David Bowie to give me confidence in the steps I’m taking..
‘If you’re feeling safe in the area you’re working in, then you’re not working in the right area’
I don’t feel safe, but I know I’m on the right path.
The plight of the Greyhound is an ongoing issue. The sheer number of discarded dogs from the racing industry cannot be matched by the numbers adopted. It’s a very sad, but there are charities such as The Greyhound Trust UK who are doing a great job.
I did this painting to celebrate all the greyhounds who have gained their freedom. It is the second in a small series of 6x6” oil paintings depicting the dog.
I thought you might like to see how a painting can develop from initial inspiration to finished work, via the sketchbook!
This painting was originally inspired by one of my favourite paintings, by artist Anne Redpath...
This was the first gouache sketch I did...
and this is the second gouache sketch...
...which as you can see was a more direct reference for the final painting (although I think there may be more to come on this specific theme!...
I’d like to do a larger version to enable me to include more detail, and using the colours suggested in the first sketch.