Alan Cotton’s paintings have a big impact, especially on my mind. He is represented by the Messum gallery London, I wish I could afford one of his paintings!
Saturday 2nd September 2006 I read the obituary of Sir Kiffin Williams in the Indepedent. Investigating his work and ‘Wow’! I have been in love with his paintings ever since.
More recently I discovered Ben Taffinders work www.bentaffinder.co.uk; a modern Cornish knife painter whose work I much admire.
I love texture, and I make a connection with knife painting, so I decided to give it a go.
Unfortunately I can not show you my first attempt as my feelings were so negative about it I threw it in the fire and deleted all records.
It has taken me a year to reflect upon this and I have returned to the subject. I stood in my wellies and watched the storm and river begin to flood (no camera or sketch book). I returned the next day and took a photograph to work from. Big mistake! It is best to work from a sketch and use your visual memory to convey the feelings the scene had on you. I am much happier with the second attempt and will continue to paint with a knife.
|The river Welland in flood oil on panel 30 x 30cm|