This stripped-down painting is a culmination of everything I've been working on so far. I began working on it in the same way as usual except that I spent much longer considering it in my mind's eye. Then, ten or so minutes in, I felt that painting already had all the elements that I really liked. Normally, a few years ago, I would have continued working on it in spite of this, believing that a painting is only 'finished' when the whole of the surface of a canvas is covered with paint. Since then, however, I have come to realise that 'finish' has its own rules which have very little to do with merely covering the canvas with paint. It has to do with what's right for that particular work of art. I've come to look at every individual artwork I do as totally independent of all the others, and with its own unique, intricate set of laws. The main thing coming out of all of this being that when I begin a new painting, while I may have an idea of how I want the composition to look, I have ultimately no preconceived idea about how the painting is going to look when it's finished. It is about entering the unknown. And for that reason, often, when I feel like I don't know what I'm doing at all, the most original and poetic things come out in the end, this painting being a perfect example of it.
This painting was executed on a 100% linen 3D canvas, ready for hanging, using high-quality, professional Winsor & Newton artists' oil colour.
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