Sometimes a painting seems to shut itself off from you. It seems to resist being worked on and it is difficult to find a way to prise it open again, to re-enter it.


I have been edging around this painting for a year, a bit of a tricky year, and have recently found a way and the will to get back into it. I have been drawing again at the original location. I have been working from these in acrylic on paper, but also going back to last year’s related work on paper to see if there were other possibilities untapped.


I have had to let go of certain elements that I had thought necessary - particularly the yellow. I am more interested in what the painting is now. And it is still titled Midsummer.