Post Exhibition

Starting back in the studio after a big exhibition is always difficult. There is an inevitable feeling of deflation after an exhibition, a sense of ‘…is that it?’. And it is not easy just to reengage with work where you left off. There is a feeling of drift which I am trying to be OK with and use as a positive. So I have been working on several things without much thought about where they will go. I started walking at Manningtree, along the river bank behind the industrial estate and under the rail bridge, making drawings and some studio paintings on paper.

I have also returned to this big diptych I have been working on through the winter realising it had become too complicated and a bit of a fiesta. I reworked some of the bigger pieces on paper that I made for it and then worked back into the canvases. All a bit open-ended at the moment…

I have also been drawing near Kirby Quay where the water running out through a sluice at low tide has kept clear a big double curved channel through the saltings.

It looks like I know what I’m doing but it doesn’t feel much like it at the moment. Maybe that is not such a bad thing…