Barnes View, Oil on Canvas, approx. 60 x 30 inches
There’s one week left to see a group show in which I have a few recent landscapes, including this one painted from my bedroom window. I don’t usually spend so long on a landscape or paint a landscape in such detail because of the logistics of going to the same place and setting things up each time, but given that this set-up was only 3 feet from by bed, I really had no excuse. I started it in early spring, in sunshine. It then rained non-stop for a month, which made it hard to work on, so in the end it’s a mixture of early and late spring. The little black dog, confusingly, is called ‘Bridge’, not Bridget, and belongs to my neighbours Jan Pieńkowski and David Walser. Bridge, a streetwise mongrel from Battersea, and my dog, Woody, a pampered high pedigree beagle from the Home Counties, who sadly died in 2009, fell in love at first sight. Although they couldn’t have children, they had a strong and enduring platonic relationship, and were ‘ever the best of friends’.
To to see the original painting, do go along to Gabriel Fine Art in Waterloo. The exhibition runs until June 8th. Here is the flyer: