a bowl of water and light

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I’ve just delivered a painting to a client who wanted to bring the essence of a landscape that she’d known since childhood into her home.  The bay between Tresaith and the Ynys Lochtyn peninsula is like a bowl of water and light, sea and sky almost indistinguishable, held by the outstretched arms of land. It is a place to rest and breathe.… Read More

Painting is like toddler talk

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I heard a toddler the other day copying his parents’ talking but making no sense.  Blah, blah, b’blah, blah, he said.  He couldn’t understand what he heard, but he copied the sounds because he just had to join in.  One day it will all fall into place, imperceptibly. He will understand, and his blah blah will make sense. Sometimes I feel that way about painting. I’m making marks and they look like marks that I’ve seen others make, but I … Read More

“create something as living as nature, so that it itself may continue to live.”

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The artist, Matthew Smith (1879-1959) studied under Henri Matisse in Paris. Matisse encouraged him to intensify his vision of the natural world. The result, he said, was not a conventional description of nature, but an attempt to….”create something as living as nature, so that it itself may continue to live.” I want to create surfaces that have the energy and life of natural surfaces that become as fascinating and infinitely explorable as the natural world. follow Grant’s art blog

With painting, you just never know

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I always turn to the writings of artist Sean Sculley when I want inspiration and insight.  Here, from his selected writings, is a reminder that with painting you never know how things will go.  So get into the studio, pick up a brush and make marks.

Why purple doesn’t exist

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The colour purple does not exist in the real world. Apparently it’s true. A rainbow of light from red to violet floods our surroundings, but there is no such thing as purple light. Purple only exists in our heads. I got fascinated by what I found in exploring this purple puzzle, so I thought I’d share it …

improvisation in earth tones

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After all those months of working with white for the land, sea and light collection, my palate/palette was well and truly cleansed.  So I’m beginning to open my eyes to colour…..

land, sea and light

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Land, sea and light is a collection of 17 white reliefs, hung as the doors of oak and beech cabinets, inspired by the cliffs and beaches of the St Davids Peninsula, Pembrokeshire.

the mist of familiarity

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In 1819 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “the mist of familiarity obscures from us the wonder of our being.” Is the role of the artist to commit themselves to peering through the mist and to re-present the familiar in a way that rekindles wonder? follow Grant’s art blog