Triptych, 1.80 x 2.00 m
My landscape paintings are about a fleeting moment of stillness at dusk or a flickering sight of the moon rising. Some are painted from memory and some from my friends’ cottage on the Danube.
I have a number of favourite themes which I paint over and over again in order to live, or relive, the experience before I move on to a new composition.
The composition is minimal, without figures or dwellings, deliberately generic in order to capture an intimate moment of contemplation, of mixed feelings …when the day ends and the night begins.
I use the sgraffito technique in order to express my wide range of emotions, from the innocent wonder and joy of the moment to the deep sorrow brought by its ephemerality.
The sgraffito technique consists of many layers of paint which I then scratch, (literally, using both ends of my brush!) to create a landscape gently defined by spontaneous and energetic lines. Just like my thoughts…barely scratching the surface!
The smaller the painting, the more epic the view, the larger the painting the more important the details (scratches) …yet the lines are absolutely identical in both….
Their fuzziness is my most accurate self portrait!
Photo by Christine Bradshaw